So I was at the ramp and there was a gentleman that had just dropped his cobia into the water. As he circled back to approach the floating ramp, he lost power. He signaled for help, and we motored over to him to assist. We pulled him a few yards back over to the dock, and tied him off. He couldnt figure out why the motor wouldnt crank.... it was turning over but not firing up. He said he never had a seconds trouble since the boat was new 4 years ago, and kept trying to crank. I suggested trying the ball, but it was firm. I told him we'd pull him over to the trailer, to help him get it back on, and he was thankfull. Then, I noticed the killswitch lanyard was wrapped several times around the wheel and pulled out, and we laughed as he plugged it back in and cranked the motor right up.
Thats when things got wierd.
The man took off, and rode west down the river out of sight. The funny part was, his truck and trailor was still backed down with the truck running.
We talked about it while packing up and going about our business. But before we left, we realised the joke wasnt really funny anymore. The dude was gone, and his truck was still running and the tide would soon be changing. There was another guy with his sons there that had witnessed the ordeal, and by now 15 minutes has passed and still no sign of dude. The other guy made the call to go ahead and pull the truck up, which was obviously the right thing to do. The other guy was gonna wait a bit longer and we left, all scratching our heads.
Did this guy completely forget about his truck? I wonder at what point he will decide he forgot to pull his truck up, or when he gets back will he think to himself, "Huh, I dont remember parking here?"
I never got the inclination he was drunk or anything like that..... I hope this guy was okay! Im wondering what the correct protocall (lol) for this situation is, 'cause in all my crazy boat ramp days I never seen anything like that!
Theres a lot of folks complaining about boat ramp activity lately.... maybe we can lighten the mood by suggesting what to do here, and add something crazy you saw at the ramp, so we all know what to do when wierd boat ramp stuff happens.