Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Body in the Water!

Yikes! The coast guard was hailed on the radio today by a boat that found a dead body in the water. The boaters reported that there was an anchor strapped around the body! Double yikes!! (Norm was off the bridge when this came over the radio - initially, he thought I was making it up. But really, life is just as entertaining as fiction.) The coast guard tried to get the boaters to haul the body on board, but the boaters were a bit resistant. The coast guard said their ETA was over 2 hours to get to the body, so asked the boaters to stay there and tie a float to the body if it started sinking. Ick, ick, ick. Personally, I wouldn't be touching it. We immediately took turns at watch for pirates or worse....the mafioso. And Norm just finished reading a book about the mafia, so he was especially vigilant on watch. Fortunately, all we saw were sea gulls and crab trap buoys all the way to Manteo, NC on the Outer Banks.

Aside from the reported "hit", this was a truly wonderful voyage today. The air was a crisp 67F, the winds were calm and the seas in the Albemarle Sound were less than one foot. There were a good number of crab traps though after we left the Intracoastal Waterway.
This is our first time to Manteo. Actually, this is our first time to the Outer Banks. Our friends Bob and Stephanie aboard September Song recommended it to us. And, we had a nice warm welcome from the marina staff and fellow Defever Cruiser Dave Stormont, who lives not far from here with his wife Penny. They keep their boat here at the same marina. We plan to get together later with Dave, then with he and Penny tomorrow. Our location today:

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