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Missing fisherman survived 44 days at sea

| 07/08/2017 | 30 Comments

(CNS): Edward Henrick-Hydes (a.k.a Rivers), who went missing with Chadwick Bodden after the men left to go on a fishing trip in June, survived 44 days at sea, according to a report in the Mexican press. Officials here have still not confirmed that the man found by fishermen in the Gulf of Mexico last week was the West Bay man, who is originally from Honduras. Hydes, however, was released from hospital in Playa Del Carmen on Wednesday, where he had been taken and treated following his rescue. 

He told reporter Victor Hugo Vargas, of the La Pancarta, that his companion, Bodden, had died.

It appears that the 60HP outboard motor on the 30ft canoe had failed some days after the men set off on the fishing trip to 60 Mile Bank. Hydes told the Mexican reporter that at some point before was rescued, as they tried to fish for food to stay alive, Bodden fell from the boat.

Hydes family has flown to Mexico to be with him but it appears that the Mexican authorities will be repatriating him to Honduras.

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  1. He knows more says:

    Tell him to come clean. He knows exactly what he and Chadwick planned. He knows exactly what happened and he knows exactly where Chadwick is. follow-up questions… He should tell us how many food supply that they had on the boat for 5 days. At what time the engine failed and where the hell Chadwick is.




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    • Anonymous says:

      I’m sure those who need to know this information, i.e the police/family members, knows these exact details. Stop speculating. Caymanians love to make something seem 100 times worse than it actually is. Always swearing up and down that foul play was involved.




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  2. Anonymous says:

    Do people really go fishing for 5 days in a canoe?




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  3. Anonymous says:

    Yea right, 44 days at sea my ass. Where was the supply of fresh water, where are the burns from extreme salt and sun exposure, why aren’t his kidneys and liver in bits on the deck of his boat after drinking sea water?
    Absolute garbage and every right thinking person knows it.




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    • Anonymous says:

      Did you not read the report about the condition he was in when the Mexican fishermen found him? Stop all the self-righteous speculation already.




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    • Anonymous says:

      I believe he was at sea for 44 days. Don’t buy that it was a fishing trip tho.




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  4. Anonymous says:

    I am happy for fort Edward and his family,and sad for Chadwick family, they do have closure which can ease the pain of the wondering , this was one case that had a better ending than most of our lost boaters over the years , regardless of reason at sea the seas and oceans doesn’t respect anyone legitimate business or illegal, we just have to remember how dangerous it can be and prepare as best we can. and for the record people have been adrift much longer




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  5. Anonymous says:

    currents always go nw flowing into the gulf….cayman coast guard need to get it in their heads? oh..sorry, i forgot…we only have ahhhh…nothing guarding our coasts?😈😀




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    • Anonymous says:

      There is a growing roster of passive positively buoyant cameras and dive tanks that have been found in Florida, yet the fishing boat that purportedly headed to fishing grounds East northeast of Grand Cayman, somehow drifted due west into the Sinoloa and Jalisco New Generation Cartel lands where cartel-related homicides are up 400% in the last 12 mos.




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      • Anyone wanna head offshore? Lol says:

        Nw bobo they said 60 ever been offshore before? area u talking about is pickle ene hence why they drifted west current heads west to the gulf all of mexico is cartel land so who cares where they landed




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  6. Michel Lemay says:

    Please wait till you get the facts. One family is grieving the lost of a loved one and the person whom survived is not home yet. Let’s stop the speculation until more facts are presented and investigated. Let’s be compassionate. I have sailed for many years and can tell you that it was not always pleasant and had many closed calls. The sea and inclement weather can be unforgiving at times specially when Murphy’s law is present.




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  7. Anonymous says:

    Where did he get his drinking water after all those days?




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    • Anonymous says:

      evaporated/distilled water from the sea….rain.




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    • Anonymous says:

      Rain




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    • Fred says:

      Rain. People have survived far longer. Stop looking for a conspiracy. You can speculate about the purpose of the trip if you want or the wisdom of an offshore trip with one engine and no comma or expire, but that’s a low blow.




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    • AlanP says:

      I recommend you read Kenneth Kamler’ book “Surviving the Extremes: What Happens to the Body and Mind at the Limits of Human Endurance”.




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  8. Anonymous says:

    If you ask any experienced boat captain locally or internationally, it’s almost impossible or would be unheard of to leave the western end of Grand Cayman in a West or North West direction and take 40 – 44 days of drifting at sea, to reach the coast of Central America. Despite the up and down of water currents etc… you should not drift more than 14 – 21 days before reaching land, drifting at 1. 5 – 2 knots per hour.

    On the other hand, if you went South East of Grand Cayman towards Negril
    Jamaica and got approx 20 – 30 miles of the 185 mile track and broke down, then it would take you approx 40 – 50 days drifting at sea to reach back to Central America, by-passing Cayman and Cuba on your way West.

    My simple advice to all, STOP the illegal running between the Cayman Islands and Jamaica and these tragedies on the ocean will STOP.

    I can think of at least 15 – 20 Caymanians from the mid 80’s that met their untimely fate as a result of traveling this route.

    STOP it guys, you are ruining our country and killing yourselves in the process.




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    • Happy420 says:

      Name some thos that have gone missing and the years they were lost at sea…




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    • Anonymous says:

      There is a lot more to this story.

      His expressed desire for repatriation to Honduras rather than his previous homeland of the Cayman Islands seems to buttress the more sinister scenarios. There are many so-called, “uninhabited” and isolated narcotic transshipment vegetated sandbars and staging points south of us: Alburquerque, Baja Nuevo, East-Southeast Cays, Quitasueño, Roncador, Serrana, and the Serranilla bank. The latter, at one time, hosted a Colombian police Regiment to “supervise” all of these “uninhabited” human activities in the area. We need to wake up and understand our geogrphy in the region. On Isla de Providencia, 25% of the dead-end men (all nice guys, presumably) have disappeared to narco-trafficking.

      http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-34487450




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      • Anonymous says:

        The Mexican authorities are returning him to the place of birth on his passport and from there he will no doubt make his way home to Cayman. He did not express any desire to go there, he had no choice. This was clear when he answered the reporter’s question about returning to Cayman “I will go wherever they want me to go” (nodding towards the Mexican officials in charge of him at the time).




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  9. Anonymous says:

    Investigate




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    • Anonymous says:

      Here we go…conspiracy theory and Marl Road Warriors…




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      • Anonymous says:

        something is a bit fishy about it though (excuse the pun)




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        • Anonymous says:

          Someone’s loved one didn’t make it back home. This is no place to be making “jokes”, some Caymanians need to have some respect. What I’ve learned is that Caymanians are quick to jump to conclusions when things don’t “add up” with the little to none knowledge that some of them have.

          Regardless of what happened, a family is mourning the loss of someone important to them. Somebody’s father. You are NOT helping the situation or showing ANY respect to them by spreading marl road news and talking foolishness. How hard is that to understand?!?!




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  10. Michael P. Thomas says:

    60 mile bank in a single engined boat? Sorry for the man that did not return, but that’s absolute lunacy. How many more lives are we going to lose for want of common sense safety?




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  11. Anonymous says:

    Hopefully the family took his passport with them so that they don’t have to go to further expense arranging his passage from Honduras.
    This story gave me goose bumps all weekend. For that man to have survived for 44 days must have been such a trial!! Cannot wait to see the movie!!!!!!!!! Or the interview…




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    • Anonymous says:

      11.59 whilst I understand your sentiment, it would appear that a man lost his life here…could you just show his family a little respect by not publishing your desire for a Matt Damon blockbuster until everything is cleared up and the family of the lost man can grieve? This is what is so screwed up these days, wanting to make a drama out of a tragedy with no respect for the families involved….you just want to satisfy your own ego to have some numbskull thought published and tell your friends (although I suspect you don’t have many) how cool you are. Go get some help if you cant actually figure out what you have done.




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      • Anonymous says:

        LOL You need to simmer down. I can’t imagine that 11:59am meant to be an egotistical numbskull with no friends… wow who pissed in your porridge this morning?
        You are what we call a troll. And a bully.




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    • Anonymous says:

      It is truly a wonder how he managed to survive, and what transpired along that stretch of ocean for those wandering days at sea.




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