VIDEO: Up close and personal with a waterspout

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Most boaters who encounter a waterspout head in the other direction or at least keep a comfortable distance from the vortex.

The boaters in this video, however, head straight toward the small one they saw last week in Pensacola, Fla — not a good idea.

“That is cool!” proclaims one of the people on board.

They tail the waterspout until it dissipates. Then someone says, “Hey, let’s go home. We’ve got to get this to The Weather Channel. I guarantee we’re going to be on The Weather Channel.” Or in a Coast Guard mishap report.