Anglers survive 22-hour ordeal

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A 28-foot boat that capsized last Wednesday, and left four men adrift in the Gulf of Mexico for 22 hours, was recovered Saturday, according to the wife of one of the men.

The men said they had no idea why the twin-engine Stratos hull quickly took on water and sank at about 11 a.m.

The skipper said there were no obvious cracks or holes he could see while straddling it for all those hours. He said it's possible a bait-well hose fitting inside the hull came loose as a result of the pounding the boat took from rough seas that day. That would allow a steady stream of water to be pumped directly into the hull.

An EPIRB aboard is credited with saving the men’s lives.

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