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The big one that didn't get away

A trophy bonefish that guide Ansil Saunders helped a client land in 1971 remains a world record

Ansil SaundersThe Bimini Big Game Club planned to celebrate a bit of local fishing lore late last month with a ticker-tape parade for bonefish guide and boatbuilder Ansil Saunders, who 40 years ago scared up a 16-pound, 3-ounce bonefish for Jerry Lavenstein to hook and land, setting a world record that stands today.

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'They're not going to find me in time'

A TowBoatU.S. operator goes from rescuer to the object of a search when his boat capsizes

Norm Manley spent more than three hours in the water, drifting out of St. Augustine Inlet and into the ocean before he was rescued.It had been more than three hours since the sea flipped Norm Manley's towboat and tossed him into St. Augustine Inlet on Florida's northeast coast. Manley was trying to rescue a trio of sailors who had run aground, but he turned out to be the one who needed saving.

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Coast Guard reconstructs mystery sinking

Analysis points to a capsize caused by instability, but families of the two victims suspect a collision

A sense of mystery surrounds the Jan. 3, 2009, sinking of the Gloucester, Mass., dragger Patriot. The 13-year-old vessel was built as a shrimper, without plans or blueprints, and later was modified to work as a dragger.Taking a cue from the high-tech sleuths on television's "CSI," the Coast Guard has used underwater audio recordings from 19 acoustic whale-tracking buoys to help reconstruct the sinking of the fishing vessel Patriot, a 62-foot dragger that went down off Gloucester, Mass., with its two crewmembers in 100 feet of water in January 2009.

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Lives turned upside down by capsize

When a catamaran overturns in heavy seas, it sets off a chain of events for the three-person crew

Lugert's dog, Jakey, was lost in the capsize, and she dedicated the trip to retrieve the boat to him.It was one heck of a summer for Kristy Lugert. A few weeks after the Alameda, Calif., resident bought a 32-foot sailing catamaran (her first large boat), she and her boyfriend found themselves battling 15-foot seas off Northern California. A wave flipped the cat, and when Lugert and her boyfriend thought they were going to die, they declared themselves married.

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'Miracle' rescue buoyed by hope and faith

A lucky string of events and quick thinking saves seven family members who floated for 20 hours off Charleston, S.C.

Wearing PFDs and staying together near the boat helped save the anglers. Shown here are (from left) Tyler Willimon, Jody Gouge and his son Xander.A family fishing trip became a test of faith and survival as seven anglers - ages 5 to 60 - floated off Charleston,  S.C., for 20 hours after their 38-foot powerboat sank. They were rescued when a sharp-eyed Coast Guard helicopter crewman spotted them under a sliver of moon.

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