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Old 09-04-2010, 07:47 AM
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Damn. There he goes...
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Old 09-06-2010, 08:28 PM
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He died......Theory is low tide, sizable swells, boat "surfed in" and hit bottom. Once it hit bottom the wave it rode in turned the boat sideways causing the near rollover.


Capt. Tom" Henry already was a popular and accomplished charter boat captain for two decades when he was fatally injured this weekend in a freak accident at the Jupiter Inlet.

"He's a legend now," longtime friend and fellow charter captain Louis A. Mauro said today.

Henry, 61, of Jupiter, died this afternoon from injuries suffered when he fell off his charter boat, the Waterdog, at midday Friday, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokeswoman Gabriella Ferraro confirmed.

Henry had been pulled out of the water by Palm Beach County lifeguards and taken to St. Mary's Medical Center.

One mate and five clients also were aboard but were not hurt, Ferraro said Friday.

She said the incident still is under investigation, but heavy surf and very rough water conditions were reported at the time.

Jason Cardenale of Samana Expert Fishing Charters, also based at Jupiter Seasport Marina, said today he wondered if Henry had had some medical issue as the Waterdog approached the inlet.

"He was so knowledgeable. He's gone in that inlet a thousand times," Cardenale said.

"He was a great guy. We all boat together. We all boat out of that inlet," Mauro said. "For this to happen - I don't get it."

The inlet, Mauro said, "does get tough. Even for a pro. I've had my problems with the inlet too. Anybody that goes out of Jupiter Inlet as a charter knows that it's a nasty inlet."

Henry had been an attorney in Maryland but later became a charter captain, coming to Palm Beach County during winters, Mauro said.

He said he and Henry and two other men won a 1986 tournament off New Jersey by catching a 77-lb. white marlin.

"Tom Henry's known everywhere from Maine to Key West. The Bahamas. All over the place," Mauro said.

He said Henry is survived by his wife, Pat, and a brother.

Staff writer Julius Whigham II contributed to this story.
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Hit bottom? WTF? That is really too bad.....that sucks he died!
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Hit bottom? WTF? That is really too bad.....that sucks he died!
Shoaling just outside the jetty.....Army Corp of Engineers isn't staying on top of it due to budget cuts. At tide changes it is nasty, at slack the inlet can be 15 feet deep and crystal clear (like if a beer bottle is sitting on the floor you can tell what kind of beer it is). Swells essentially surfed then rammed the 48 Garlington into the sand.....

Came in that inlet late afternoon yesterday, 30 mph with absolutely no issues but have come in slower on bigger days and stuffed the bow with a 6 inch wash flooding the boat......you honestly cannot believe how much water 6 inches represents when it comes over the top at 10 mph!

I have lived here almost 10 years and it seems a couple people a year die there. Most are alcohol related stupidity though, like the kid that jumped off the jetty at midnight on an outgoing tide. If he didn't drown the sharks got him.....
One year a husband and wife died on a 31 Contender. Line got wrapped around prop, wife fell in while examining the problem, she couldn't swim so husband jumped in to save her and they both died, two kids on board became orphans as they watched on...... Boca/Boynton inlets scare me more and with traffic Hillsboro is no treat either.
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Garlington does build a very fast sportfish, 40 knots in a 48 footer is fast, they have a few that are supposed to get up to 50 kts I am pretty sure they are one of the fastest around as far as sportfishing boats are concerned.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_Hdk...eature=related

Heres the boyton inlet, just about 30-40 miles south down the road. Look how nice and calm the water is a mile off and how bad it is in the shallows of the inlet.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATjl9...eature=related
Here is one more showing jupiter inlet, these probably were not the same conditions for the waterdog or situation, but hopefully this gives a better idea of how things can get out of control, wave from the stern throws the bow down hard in a shallow spot the deep keel will grab into the ground and hook, roll, or stuff.
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Here are 42 pictures of the accident in sequence: http://pnyr.big1059.com/cc-common/ga...lbum_id=249965
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