Stupid People....

By: mobal , 10:43 PM GMT on July 10, 2011

8 months pregnant women lost on canoe trip....

The Mobile County Sheriff’s Flotilla, the Alabama Marine Police and the U.S. Coast Guard were asked late Saturday evening to search for two missing people on the Escatawpa River, according to a news release.

Rescuers located the couple 1.9 miles north of U.S. 98 early this morning, according to the Sheriff's Office release. The river in that area was almost dried up, the release states, so deputies and flotilla were able to walk into the area where the couple was located.

The United States Coast Guard helicopter flew out the wife, who is 8 months pregnant, the release states, and she was taken to an area hospital.

A Coast Guard news release this afternoon identified the rescued woman as 23-year-old Tessa Simms.


According to the Coast Guard release, watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Mobile received a report at approximately 11:30 p.m., that a female, her husband and another friend had become lost. Simms was eight months pregnant and had not had anything to drink or eat for approximately 12 hours, the release states.


Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans launched an MH-65C helicopter and crew to the scene at approximately midnight. After searching for 40 minutes, the crew located the missing people who used a flashlight to signal the helicopter. The crew successfully hoisted Simms off the river bank and transported her to awaiting emergency medical services at Mobile Downtown Airport, according to the Coast Guard news release.

"Before people venture out on hikes and boating trips in remote areas, they must be well prepared and bring both a communication and signaling device," said Lt. Ken Rockhold, safety officer of Air Station New Orleans. "Fortunately, these people had both, and it allowed for an expedient and efficient rescue."

Simms' condition was not available.


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12. airman45
7:23 PM GMT on July 11, 2011
Darwin award candidate?
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10. palmettobug53
1:09 AM GMT on July 11, 2011
Same thing happens here all the time, mobal.

Big signs down at Breech Inlet telling folks to keep out of the water. There's some stiff currents when the tide changes. Do they listen? Nooooooo.....

And sadly, there's usually at least one drowning in the inlet each summer. Or near drowning, if they're lucky.

Too many beachgoers get in the water, not knowing how to swim and not realizing that swimming in the ocean is WAY different from that backyard pool.
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9. AllyBama
1:02 AM GMT on July 11, 2011
ROFL....typical..
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8. aquak9
12:35 AM GMT on July 11, 2011
Now how in the world do ya paddle down a dry river bed? huh? Did the canoe have wheels underneath?

BTW, getting out and getting down was a lot harder than climbing up and getting in.
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7. Gatorxgrrrl
11:57 PM GMT on July 10, 2011
() Back atcha Bama:)
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6. mobal
11:56 PM GMT on July 10, 2011
Quoting Gatorxgrrrl:
Dried river bed is what we call "land" in Florida.

Chuckling at Aqua's post. lol


Hi Gator (())
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5. Gatorxgrrrl
11:55 PM GMT on July 10, 2011
Dried river bed is what we call "land" in Florida.

Chuckling at Aqua's post. lol
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4. mobal
11:45 PM GMT on July 10, 2011
Quoting aquak9:
beell, my friend, you are walking on thin ice....errr or better yet, you are paddling down a river that's about dried up. :)

Well when I was 8 months pregnant, I climbed up a ladder at the hangar of VFA-106 at Cecil Field NAS, and sat my fat-A$$ inside of a live FA-18. Hubby had gone to go talk to the commander, and left me standing there alone. No one was around.

Well What ELSE was I supposta do? It was the opportunity of a lifetime!


Aquak, you did not go down a DRIED up river in a canoe. Thats just stupid... pregnent or not!
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3. beell
11:11 PM GMT on July 10, 2011
funny story, doggie! i'd of paid good money to see that.


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2. aquak9
10:59 PM GMT on July 10, 2011
beell, my friend, you are walking on thin ice....errr or better yet, you are paddling down a river that's about dried up. :)

Well when I was 8 months pregnant, I climbed up a ladder at the hangar of VFA-106 at Cecil Field NAS, and sat my fat-A$$ inside of a live FA-18. Hubby had gone to go talk to the commander, and left me standing there alone. No one was around.

Well What ELSE was I supposta do? It was the opportunity of a lifetime!
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1. beell
10:52 PM GMT on July 10, 2011
We'll just overlook the obvious part about turning the canoe around when the river dried up.

I have been around a few women when they were 8 months pregnant. A canoe is not a suitable watercraft. A barge with a hoist would have been a better choice.

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