Raymond: "Welcome back, tragedy struck this week during those gale warning. A pair of local families have been taken by coast guard to Lighthouse Emergency Medical center after the vessel they were on was capsized by a wave. We have cellphone video taken of the event, and advise some of our viewers this may be distressing."
*The shaky cell video cues up showing the familiar view from the side windows on the ferry chugging along. the camera rocking as the boat moves...a young girl looking out the window waving and giggling as a long luxury vessel comes into view the girl giggling and waving as if the people could see her form that far away.*
*The camera shifts to look over across the side the boat rocking a bit more intensely as the other vessel suddenly disappears as the water comes back into view.*
Girl: ~Voice~ "Whered the boat go mommy...where'd it goooo!?"
Woman: *off camera speaking* "I don't know OH mygod!"
*As she speaks the ship suddenly bursts upward from beneath the waves like a great whale surfacing....the bow shooting up into the air like it's launched from below and holding there...what may look like a person falling off the side and into the waves as it almost seems poised and balanced on its rear end for several heartbeats before it seems to fall backwards and smashes onto the waves, the wood and fiberglass rippling and then splintering into several hundred pieces as it twists and breaks apart. Background noise has several people screaming others shouting as others catch sight of the disaster. Then the Video Cuts to black and the camera centers back on Raymond at the desk*
Raymond: "The Coast guard emergency response team arrived within fifteen minutes and have reported they rescued seven persons from the water, two members of those families aboard are still missing. Those rescued were taken by rescue helicopter to the hospital to be treated for hypothermia, and other assorted injuries. The names of the families involved have not yet been released, and we will provide further information as it becomes available."
*he shuffles a couple of notecards and turns a bit to face a new camera angle*
Raymond: "Captain Harrisson Victor of the coast guard reminds all those looking to hit the water during this season to take proper safety precautions, wear your life vests and emergency equipment to help facilitate rescue efforts and your own survival should something happen. Dress warmly and in layers, and make sure the batteries in vests equipped with rescue beacons are fresh and fully charged before you set out."
Raymond: "And now to let us know what we can expect weather wise, here is Wilbert Woods. Wil.."
Wilbert: "Well thankfully that gale warning is over with, though there is a small craft Advisory this morning and into this afternoon. Freezing Spray and rough waters advisory has been issued for small craft in the bay area. This means that due to the temperature watercraft can expect accumulation of ice on their upper hulls, this will weigh down smaller craft which can off balance them and cause capsizing in rough seas. Small craft should avoid going out for any length of time, or have appropriate precautionary measures available.”
Wilbert : "As Monday rolls along, the sky will clear up early with scattered clouds and sun, Light winds all day with a high of nineteen degrees, only dropping a couple of degrees after sundown this time. Lows in the sixteen degree range. That means the snow we got over the weekend should linger around on the ground, and people should be aware of isolated places where it may melt and re-freeze."
Wilbert: "Looking ahead to Tuesday, Partly cloudy skies with thickening clouds bringing rain in the evening, High of thirty six, and winds getting up again reaching nearly thirty miles per hour. Wednesday, Rain continues with clouds blowing through High in the forties and Again on Thursday even more rain with winds finally tapering off as the rain sticks around."
Wilbert: Friday, that rain starts to let up early, leaving partly cloudy skies with a high in the mid forties, as the clouds continue to clear out in the evening leaving us with scattered cloud cover here and there and a low of Seventeen after sunset.”
Wilbert: “Saturday, we finally see sunshine again, but that doesn’t bring warm temperatures with it, the high expected to only be twenty-five. Winds picking back up with gusty conditions in the mid teens to low twenty miles per hour. A lot of sunshine but still chilly temperatures. Make sure you continue to dress warm and in layers even if it looks sunny and cheerful outside.”
But first, we have Dean Knopinski and Kaylynn Garcia out and about. Kaylynn I understand is at the Coast Guard to demonstrate several of their standard emergency equipment devices that could save your life in the event of a water accident. We’ll get to her in a minute, first, Dean I understand you are speaking with a local tailor who is working on his own line of emergency flotation equipment?”
*The camera shows Dean standing in a workshop surrounded by a multitude of jackets in various states of construction wearing a large puffy coat with a orange stripe on the side*
Dean: “That’s right Ray, here the local tailor who owns Pinewood sporting apparel is working on emergency floatation coats for persons to wear when they go out boating. Many people refuse to wear life jackets or such when they go out either because they don’t think anything can happen to them or they don’t want to wear the bulky material. He’s developed several arrays of jacket, from this thick downy looking one with several air pockets and an emergency inflatable collar that can be deployed in the event of disaster, to this sports coat with the inflatable packets built into the collar and chest.”
*he shows several of them as mentioned, including a nice sports jacket with what looks like a deflated air bag waiting to be stitched into the collar*
Dean: “Each one is able to be inflated in seconds using a concealed Cartridge of compressed gas, and when deployed will have and emergency tube for topping up inflation.” *he indicates the orange stripe on his own jacket* “Deployment is easy…you just reach in here…pull the strip and...” *he demonstrates and there’s a sharp noise as he breaks open whatever it is that inflates the jacket. The entire jacket inflating and filling up with the collar popping open and deploying a head brace in brilliant orange. All the while he’s wincing as if expecting it to explode in his face…seeming surprised when it doesn’t.*
Dean: “As you can see it’s got bright orange to help with rescue…efforts…and…a…can’t…breat…” *The jacket kept inflating and filling up around his body making his face look red as it envelops him. The camera man starts moving in to help him un-snap the jacket when suddenly there’s a “KERPOW!” noise and a Long drawn out “THHHHHHBBBBBBHHHHTTTTTTTTTTTTTT” As the collar top bursts and all that compressed gas blows up right in Dean’s face sending his hair billowing about all crazily so when it finishes he looks like an anime character.*
*The camera cuts back to Raymond.*
Raymond: “Looks like he still has some more development work to do on that one. We’ll get to Kaylynn’s report on other safety equipment at the Coast Guard headquarters after these words from our sponsors.”
*Cut to Commercial*