When I first heard about those NFL players who are missing in the Gulf of Mexico after a fishing trip, I thought the initial media reports about the size of their boat had to be inaccurate. (Read here if you've missed it.)

There was no way anyone would take a 21-foot boat that far (30 plus miles) into the gulf, was there?

I guess there was.

To me, that was the most perplexing part of this tragedy, that an experienced boater would take a boat that small into deep water on what has been described as a choppy day.

Yes, it's an Everglade, which is a make whose hull is filled with fiberglas to prevent sinking. But as they found out, being sink-proof doesn't mean it can't be flipped.

There are days a 21-foot boat like that gets beat up on Lake George, I can't understand why someone would take a deep sea trip like that in such a small boat.

-- Don Lehman

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