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Boater And Friends Spot Multiple Waterspouts In Florida Keys, Speed Toward Them: VIDEO


YouTube user Kevin Johnsen posted a video of himself, a friend, and a canine companion enjoying a day on the water. But their ordinary lobster-catching adventure becomes a lot more sinister, and exciting, when several waterspouts show up. Rather than head inland, johnsen rides the waves and meets the natural phenomenon head on.

The video description reads:

While catching lobster, multiple waterspouts touched down a short distance away. With plenty of lobster in the box, a great opportunity presented itself to film a close encounter with a weather phenomenon. Fortunately, this time I had a video camera! This is not for anybody to try EVER and this is a delicately calculated risk based on dozens of fluid variables that change by the second. Waterspouts are typically short lived F0 rated tornadoes on the water with winds under 72mph. This was a likely an F0 waterspout, yet was strong enough to completely open my deck hatches and forcibly move the boat more than I expected. The approach was intended to go with the wind at high speed to minimize the effect, yet provide the fullest, safest experience. Again, don't ever do this! If you do, you're gonna need a bigger boat!!

You heard him - don't try this at home. 

Warning: This video contains footage that could cause motion- or sea-sickness. 

Join the boaters on their high seas adventure, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Here come the snarky comments about how careless these guys are. But I think this takes some balls. Good for them. Live life on the edge

    Posted by: Tortugatoo | Oct 1, 2013 9:22:05 PM

  2. Tortugatoo- It is a bit of a conundrum. If they parish, it is unlikely we will get footage. If they survive unscathed, it is a bit disappointing when they are not sucked up,in the water spout. Nevertheless, I admire their spunk. :-)

    Posted by: AngelaChanning | Oct 1, 2013 10:32:58 PM

  3. Let's talk about the weather. Always a topic of non-conversation.

    Posted by: GH | Oct 1, 2013 10:34:14 PM

  4. straight men is crazy.

    Posted by: dixichuk | Oct 1, 2013 11:03:20 PM

  5. Windsock, people, windsock.

    Posted by: CVP | Oct 1, 2013 11:43:06 PM

  6. What a riot! Good for them, I love crazy people and they qualify 100%. They should sell tours of doing that.

    Posted by: Steve | Oct 2, 2013 12:00:47 AM

  7. The dog didn't have a choice. Other than that, have fun.

    Posted by: Hagatha | Oct 2, 2013 12:19:34 AM

  8. I live in Key West now and this doesn't surprise me at all. Even the gays down here like to play around with the waterspouts. Waterspouts usually aren't as powerful as tornadoes on the land, not that what they did was a good idea.

    Posted by: Jason Young | Oct 2, 2013 5:08:28 AM

  9. White people.

    Posted by: MARCUS BACHMANN | Oct 2, 2013 7:23:03 AM

  10. Fortunately for them, that was a VERY small waterspout. They're lucky, because those things can increase in strength and move in mere seconds. Better them than me, that is for sure.

    Posted by: AriesMatt | Oct 2, 2013 11:39:23 AM

  11. Alcohol/drugs kill a lot more people on boats than waterspouts, lightning, sharks, or any other natural force.

    Posted by: Hagatha | Oct 2, 2013 2:05:24 PM

  12. Ever notice that you rarely read about sailboaters getting done in by stupidity or stunts?

    Posted by: Hagatha | Oct 2, 2013 2:07:32 PM

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