I hope this opens boaters eyes going forward to buy this device:
Two days before NFL player Marquis Cooper took a doomed fishing trip with three friends in Florida Gulf Coast waters, a friend urged him to buy a life-saving device used to locate boats in distress.
Cooper hadn't heard of the gadget, an emergency position indicating radio beacon
(EPIRB). And he didn't purchase one before his excursion on Saturday, according to the St. Petersburg Times.
The devices cost between $400 and $1,400 and can self-activate when boats tip over
. Cooper agreed that he should have one — but didn't follow through before setting off Saturday. Eavenson had been invited to go with the four, but declined, according to the paper.
The Coast Guard never received a distress signal from Cooper's 21-foot fishing boat.