Where’s My Captain? – Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside and Sunday Stills: Boats

Everybody, listen to me, and return me, my ship
I’m your captain, I’m your captain…

Mark Farner, Grand Funk Railroad

There were no great blue heron sightings that day at the lake, and apparently not enough humans, as well.

There were no great blue heron sightings that day at the lake, and apparently not enough humans, as well – at least not inside this captainless inflatable boat.

I have taken some liberties with the topic of this week’s Photo Challenge “Inside.” As you can see, this photo shows “NOT Inside,” instead.

While I’m being a bit playful with words here, what happened that day on the lake could have been tragic. The captain bounced out of his boat without having his kill-switch tether attached, and so his boat circled endlessly until the fire department ran the boat aground.

Fortunately, no one was injured in this incident, but not all similar incidents have had happy endings.

Click here to learn more from the US Coast Guard Boating Safety Resource Center.


Thanks to Michelle and WordPress for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside nudge, and to Ed for the Sunday Stills: Boats challenge.


(This took place May 19, 2013)

© 2013 Babsje. (https://babsjeheron.wordpress.com)

Posted on September 14, 2013, in ardea herodias, Art, DPchallenge, Fishing, Kayaking, Nature, Photography, Photography challenge, postaday, Sunday Stills, Weekly Challenge, Weekly Photo Challenge, Wildlife Photography and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 20 Comments.

  1. Now that’s funny! I hope that they bill the guy for the fire department’s time.

    • Yes, it was definitely scary. Luckily, everything was ok in the end, except for the boat’s propeller – the blade got bent when it ran aground on the rocks. Thanks for commenting!

  2. very funny, but dangerous!

  3. Wow, that’s truly frightening. I thought it was a clever shot where the captain was just hidden until i read your comments. So good no one was hurt!

    • Thanks, Tina. It was indeed frightening for a while. A few of us in kayaks, canoes, and a rowboat made a sort of impromptu perimeter around the captainless boat because it was circling in the shipping lanes. It was fascinating watching the firemen rescue the boat. It took them less than 45 minutes once they arrived on scene. Very fortunate that it ended without anyone getting hurt, except maybe the boat owner’s pride.

  4. I’m probably one of the few people who know how Grand Funk Railroad got their name.

    And thanks for stopping by my blog.


    • You’re welcome for the follow, and thanks for visiting and commenting. I’ve been waiting for someone to mention that they remember Grand Funk Railroad besides me. 🙂

  5. one of the uh .. oh… but glad it ended well. thanks for sharing … I was trying to see if the captain is somewhere 🙂

    • Youre welcome, and thanks for commenting. My first reaction was the same as yours, where’s the captain, he must be hunkered down in the boat somewhere, and it took a few sweeps with my binoculars to see that he wasn’t there. I then scanned the water to see if he was flailing about overboard, but a fishing boat pulled him out of the water by then.

  6. That does look quite scary!

  7. thatz some serious action goin on 🙂 well done

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