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  • posted at 9:29 am on Mon, Nov 10, 2008.


    This was like reading a short story - dramatic to the end. I thank God and rejoice with the two men and their families for answered prayer. And I truly hope that this story can be made into a movie.......isn't God good to have put those two hikers on the beach at just the right moment. Thanks for such a well written story. It's what we need to read more of.......good things that happen to good people, instead of all the bad.

  • posted at 4:48 am on Mon, Nov 10, 2008.


    They are lucky to be alive. PFD's are the law. One per person and easily accessable. Had they not been stuffed away they would of become flotsam or jetsam. USCG 85 % of a fatalities in boating accidents are from drowning. West Marine Pelican case $ 15.00 dollars store your cell phone and leave it accessable so it also can become flotsom / jetsam. And huge rule of thumb when you look around and your the only boat left head in.

  • posted at 3:43 pm on Sun, Nov 9, 2008.


    I have to agree with Lodian - like reading a great book. Thankfully this story ended well - congratulations to all involved.

  • posted at 8:45 am on Sun, Nov 9, 2008.



  • posted at 8:45 am on Sun, Nov 9, 2008.


    I'd also like to ad that this story was brilliantly written. I felt like I was reading a great book that I just couldn't put down! Well done, Rich Hanner. Please write more often so we may enjoy your writing skills on a regular basis.

  • posted at 8:41 am on Sun, Nov 9, 2008.


    WOW! First off, THANK GOD you two men are alive and well today after such a horrible ordeal. What a blessing those people saw you from the beach! And the U.S. Coast Guard Rescue team are to be commended for their great bravery and heroism, which I am sure they practice often. What strength and courage Tobeck and Alexander showed that day. God bless both of you (all of you!). Now, go hug your family...again and again and again!:-)

  • posted at 3:45 am on Sun, Nov 9, 2008.


    Great Story, Rich, hope that it can be made into a movie or documentary. As a former LPD employee, I have always had the utmost respect for Ron Tobeck and Bill Alexander, and very happy they both made it safe. Just one example of the know how and mettle that Lodi holds it's officers to. The LPD staff is the one thing I miss about Lodi.

  • posted at 12:18 am on Sun, Nov 9, 2008.


    Right on, dogs4you! The Coast Guard seems to be one of the least recognized branches of the military and they perform such invaluable, brave and noble services every day. Bravo Coast Guard!

  • posted at 1:20 pm on Sat, Nov 8, 2008.


    Rich, can you write the entire newspaper... including classified ads? Best writing in the "village tattler" in years.As another pointed out, big ocean and small boat does not always make for good fishing trip. Many a Lodi fishermen have capsized in that area. When will they learn?

  • posted at 5:52 am on Sat, Nov 8, 2008.


    A story with a happy ending, thanks in part to the daring of the Men of the US Coast Guard and special thanks should be given to Rescue Swimmer Dan Strange, perhaps God had a part in this rescue but the pilot of the Dolphn chopper, Commander Sam Creech can take equal amount of credit. Not one poster acknowledged the work of the Coast Guard, they didn`t but I will. Well done men of the US Coast Guard.

  • posted at 5:03 am on Sat, Nov 8, 2008.


    This well-written story had me on the edge of my seat! I'm so glad they lived to tell their story and that they give the credit to God. Nice job!!

  • posted at 3:59 am on Sat, Nov 8, 2008.


    Rich, you had me riveted from the first paragraph and caught up in the undertoe of your well-woven story all the way through the rescue. I like the way you stole most of the front page and absolutely enjoyed the two-page spread undistracted by those all-important ads. It helped create the feeling of isolation you portrayed so well.

  • posted at 3:41 am on Sat, Nov 8, 2008.


    First rate story!! I came close to the same situation off Crescent City in aLing Cod tournament. I left the harbor at daylight and headed for PointSt George and the St George Reef light house. About 6 miles out the windcame up and the seas began to build, I was going up this swell and noticedit was taller than my Whaler was long(not good) as I broke over the top Isaw a valley in between the waves and spun the whaler around and I surfed the boat all the way back into the harbor. I tied up on rubber legsgot in my car and went to the motel and slept for 18 hours I woke upthankful to be alive!!! I was lucky as were these men and thank God for the Coast Guard..

  • posted at 3:02 am on Sat, Nov 8, 2008.


    God bless them both! Truly the best story ever printed in the LNS. This has the makings for a heroic movie, or best-seller!Glad they are both safe, and by the way, the Delta can be just as deadly!!

  • posted at 2:22 am on Sat, Nov 8, 2008.


    Well written story about 2 guys out in the big bad ocean in a tinny little 19' skiff, not wearing life jackets, who get flipped by a sneaker wave. They nearly died. Happens a lot. The ocean is not the Delta...we boaters need to remember that.Even big boats- designed for ocean service- can be lost or damaged, especially when they venture into shallow waters combined with large swells and opposing currents.

  • posted at 1:19 am on Sat, Nov 8, 2008.


    What nice story indeed. My hats off to both of these brave men. I have a new respect for both, Welcome home Capt and SGT!

  • posted at 11:56 pm on Fri, Nov 7, 2008.


    Extremely well written story. My daughter had Liz Tobeck in first grade - a wonderful lady, and Ron was often in the classroom to speak to the kids. Glad to know he came out of this dire situation OK



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