The Tragedy on The Erik

July 15, 2011 – 2:26 pm

I am deeply saddened by the tragedy of The Erik. Western Outdoor News wrote an aritcle on the terrible sinking, it can be found here:

  1. 6 Responses to “The Tragedy on The Erik”

  2. The Longfin represents Tony Reyes and after reading Pat Mcdonalds WOW
    article on the sinking of the Erik I would want to know what due diligence has been done on your part to make sure that a tragedy that could have been avoided doesn’t occur again. I was shocked at the reporting of the captains response and lack of basic seamanship as well as the crews lack of response to make sure the passengers are taken care of. It seemed like it was every man for himself as pfd’s were only accessed by the crew and the floatation devices blocking the deck drainage as well as how the on board pangas were tethered. Has the Longfin reviewed the procedures to avoid this with Tony Reyes.

    By paul valencia on Jul 20, 2011

  3. Absolutely. I heard that The Erik had an extended stern that was not meant for that boat, to hold more pangas and gear, which in turn made it heavier and out of sync with the rest of the boat. I am not an expert, its just my opinion. Our captain, Tony Reyes, has been on the sea his entire life and I would bet everything I have that he wouldnt freeze in a situation like that. He has always performed well under pressure, although we havent lost a boat in The Sea of Cortez, who knows what emotions go through you when you are sinking. We do have the appropriate safety gear for all passengers and crew, not just the crew. I think one of the most important things we would have done differently is Tony would have listened to the harbor master and not left port like The Erik did. I suppose the biggest danger is underestimating The Sea of Cortez, its easy to think nothing can happen in there as its so protected by land. Obviously, this is not the case and my prayers go to the family members of The Erik, I am so sorry for that tragedy.

    By BigTuna on Jul 21, 2011

  4. I have fished on the Jose Andres and on the Tony Reyes for about 12 years. While I have to admit I have never experienced anything on any of the 10-12 trips I have had enjoyed I am shaken by the sinking of the Erik. Tom Ward from the Longfin and Tony Reyes have been very service oriented and have tried hard to offer a good fishing experience. The sinking of the Erik adds a new demension for the need to have better safety presentations given before sailing. I need to know where the survival gear is and how to use it when getting on the boat the next time I go fishing in the Sea of Cortez.

    By Robert Novielli on Jul 21, 2011

  5. I agree. Everyone on board should know exactly where every piece of life saving equipment is located at all times. Our boat has three huge life rafts capable of holding all passengers and crew as well as life vests, flares, etc. We have always had all the necessary life saving gear on board for every person on the boat. We will be having a mandatory safety procedure meeting in the galley before each trip. There has to be an emergency plan in place. There is definitely much to be learned from this tragedy, we are willing to learn and adapt.

    By BigTuna on Jul 21, 2011

  6. I can’t say I have been on as many trips as other people but I have my Capt Veallegas T-shirt.The Tony Reyes operation is a first class safety outfit particularly with the weather which no one can predict,the Eric was hit by two huge waves broadside and as fast as it went down from the reports,topheavy or otherwise at two o-clock in the mourning its Gods choice who would make it.How can the crew be blamed when they had the same minutes to react as anyone on board.They were awake which saved them.As fishermen, big boat, small boat we take a chance when we step on board we all take a chance, from hook in the finger to this tragedy.I mourn my fellow fisherman,I will fish for them next time out and be ready best I can for any emergency.I trust the Tony Reyes operation to safely get me their and back and will continue to make trips with them, they are one of the best fishing adventures I have ever been on and I will not hesitate to go on more trips with them.

    By Donald Torres on Jul 28, 2011

  7. Made my trip this year even better with the new changes Tony and team made. Thanks

    By Eric on Sep 16, 2011

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