Woman to Woman

Why you need a float plan

By Capt. Katherine Redmond

In March 2009, four strong, healthy athletes, two of whom were NFL football players, went fishing off Florida’s Gulf Coast. Forty-six hours later, three had been lost at sea.

Their story offers so many lessons to us boaters that I must elaborate. But if you remember only one lesson, let it be this: Always file a float plan before going out into open water.

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