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Reuniting The Owners With Their Boat That Was Sunk At The Bottom of Lake Powell For 30 Years!

  • Опубліковано 29 гру 2022
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  • OntarioRedneXXX
    OntarioRedneXXX 2 місяці тому +1107

    That was emotional for me to listen to him tell the story, the worst part of it is to hear about how everyone just went by and wouldn't help them with two little kids, that's just completely inconceivable to me, even if there's one hell of a storm going I'm still gonna try to stop and help young parents with two little kids on the boat, we're all coming out or going down together where there's kids involved. It's really cool to see this though, I bet they'd long ago accepted that they'd never see the boat again

    • ICE
      ICE Місяць тому

      I’m a terrible swimmer and scared to death of bodies of water after almost drowning in a river. I’m so scared of bodies of water that I refuse to swim in anything that’s not a pool. With that being said if I saw little kids in a situation like that I’d do anything to try and help even if I failed. How can u leave little kids stranded in a sinking boat, it’s disgustingly sad those boaters did that and didn’t feel guilty

    • Repent and believe in Jesus Christ
      Repent and believe in Jesus Christ 2 місяці тому

      Repent to Jesus Christ “This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.”
      ‭‭1 John‬ ‭4‬:‭9‬ ‭NIV

    • E Quate
      E Quate 2 місяці тому +1

      In an era of MasterCard captains in personal craft, and you really expect them to adhere to maritime law? Even that long ago, life was me, me, me! Your in my way, gt* outa my way.
      It’s a true testament of the dregs of our nation.

  • Christopher McPhail
    Christopher McPhail 2 місяці тому +26

    As a father of three, and a Navy Veteran, I am absolutely disgusted to hear that nobody stopped to help them. I hope every individual on the lake that day comes across this video and has to listen to this poor man tell the story of how he nearly lost his family. Even if the boat can't be towed, you rescue the people. Period. I had to hit pause numerous times because of the emotional impact this had on me. All of you are amazing for bringing this tragedy to a better ending. I love you guys, many could learn from your example. Including myself.

  • Kyle Meng
    Kyle Meng 2 місяці тому +20

    Look at the look on his face when he turned it over and all those memories of driving it came flooding back. What an amazing story, I'm glad you were able to give him closure! You can tell this was his pride and joy

  • Jason Gonzalez
    Jason Gonzalez 2 місяці тому +145

    Jesus christ. As a father, my heart broke listening to that story. To imagine, facing losing your whole family and no one stops to help. The helplessness. Cant imagine being in that position. Puts tears in my eyes. Most sobering FabRats episode ever. You guys are amazing.

    • Repent and believe in Jesus Christ
      Repent and believe in Jesus Christ 2 місяці тому +2

      Repent to Jesus Christ “This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.”
      ‭‭1 John‬ ‭4‬:‭9‬ ‭NIV‬‬

    • John Katzman
      John Katzman 2 місяці тому +6

      As a father myself and a boater for over 30years, I ALWAYS stop to even ask, are you ok? You never know when that day comes, you'll be the one asking. No one gets left behind

  • Tim Irwin
    Tim Irwin 2 місяці тому +24

    As someone who went out in a canoe as a pre-teen to pull people out of a stormy lake, I can’t imagine people, especially a commercial captain, refusing to help a family in obvious distress. Wonderful series and so glad the family is back in touch with their boat.

    • Xtroll1738
      Xtroll1738 2 місяці тому +6

      In my opinion that commercial boat captian should have lost his license.

  • JRD77VET
    JRD77VET 2 місяці тому +92

    Amazing how those feelings resurfaced after 30 years. You could feel the trauma as he relayed the story. ( Maritime Law REQUIRES you to lend assistance ). The big grin when he was driving his old boat said it all. It will be interesting to see how this eventually plays out.
    GREAT job Merlin and the Fab Rats crew.

    • Repent and believe in Jesus Christ
      Repent and believe in Jesus Christ 2 місяці тому

      Repent to Jesus Christ “This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.”
      ‭‭1 John‬ ‭4‬:‭9‬ ‭NIV‬‬

  • Trail-Wolf4x4
    Trail-Wolf4x4 2 місяці тому +969

    It's amazing everyone was able to bring back a piece of history for a total stranger. I think this shows more than ever the kind hearted people of the Fab Rats family and the general goodness people have that is overshadowed by the wickedness of others

    • Fireball Marlboroman
      Fireball Marlboroman 2 місяці тому

      Why would he stack lifejackets around his family they need to be worn to be effective everyone should have had them on

    • Fireball Marlboroman
      Fireball Marlboroman 2 місяці тому

      And in the pictures of the young children on the boat and in the lake they weren't wearing life jackets , stupid stupid stupid of the parents,I grew up around boat's and the water and I chit you not I had to wear a lifejacket even while sleeping on the boat I had to wear it 24,7 till I was like 13 years old but my parents said they never had any drowned children!!

    • Fireball Marlboroman
      Fireball Marlboroman 2 місяці тому

      I don't buy the father's story about the life jackets and him tossing them in a pile around his family first of all everyone should have been wearing their life jackets especially the children and second it would have been very stupid of the father to pull his off, what good could he have done his family if he drowned

    • Crying Democrats
      Crying Democrats 2 місяці тому +1

      @steverodgers Good thing no one was talking about insurance on the boat or was there ??? If so the boat belongs to the insurance company.

    • steverodgers
      steverodgers 2 місяці тому

      @Peter Charles wrong wrong

  • Philip Ershler
    Philip Ershler 2 місяці тому +22

    It’s folks like you that give me a bit of hope for the future. The process of recovering the previously sunken boat and restoring it so lovingly and then just giving back to the owners has been just amazing. May God bless you all!

  • Wayne Smith
    Wayne Smith 2 місяці тому +15

    Ok, it took me an hour to watch this video even though it's only 25 mins long. Between my crying like a baby and knowing what it's like to be stranded on a sinking boat I reached the end. Thank you Merlin, Paul and everyone else involved in this amazing story. Today is the day all of YOU are the heroes .......

  • Kelly Schnurr
    Kelly Schnurr 2 місяці тому +76

    So happy that I came upon Matt's off Road Recovery which eventually lead me to Fabrats and Merlins Old School Garage! What an awesome series! What a finale!! I've been a boater all my life and I could identify with every bit of that story! Choked up 2 or 3 times. You guys are one of the highlights of my week! Thanks for doing what you do!!

    • Jose Martinez Fumado
      Jose Martinez Fumado 2 місяці тому

      Im from Barcelona Spain following same exact route as you said.....now I've ended up on this Guy from Nova Scotia building an old Bugatti, no kidding.....some serious job he is doing......all this is fantastic learning mechanics, engines, fuel and doing good heart things to people. No hate. Keep on, you all are doing great job!

    • Matthew Thompson
      Matthew Thompson 2 місяці тому +1

      Agreed! I started with the Fabrats link to this story.

    • Ethan's Profile
      Ethan's Profile 2 місяці тому

      Thanks to Covid!

  • Kirby Lou Lewis
    Kirby Lou Lewis 2 місяці тому +28

    I was in tears til the end. What a story and you and your entire crew are what everyone needs to model themselves after. This world would be a much better place if everyone had the hearts like all of you.
    A life long subscriber,

  • Andrew Oakes
    Andrew Oakes 2 місяці тому +27

    You guys brought closure to something that’s probably been on their minds for 30 years. That’s absolutely incredible!

  • Trevor William Grindrod
    Trevor William Grindrod 2 місяці тому +210

    As a father I felt the emotions of the Dad when he was telling what happened and that he would have sacrificed his own life to save his family, I and I'm sure many father's would do the same. This one hit right in the feels 100% , well done Fab Rats family and friends best episode ever! 💝🤘🤘🤘

    • David Straub
      David Straub 2 місяці тому +2

      I was stunned by his story .... hope this really does help bring some closure to a very harrowing experience. I just can't imagine! Take care Trevor .... Happy New Year to you and yours👍🏻✌🏻

    • Metal Man
      Metal Man 2 місяці тому +1

      SO TRUE!

    • warren michael
      warren michael 2 місяці тому +6

      Im wasnt slobbering but i was teared up and felt the guys pain!

    • John Ralph
      John Ralph 2 місяці тому +6

      Yeah no kidding it was actually hard to watch. Scary and crazy is fine on your own or with a group that knows what they could be in for. But with kids it is a whole different story.

  • Dave Rohn
    Dave Rohn 2 місяці тому +7

    I couldn't help but tear up listening to him talk about getting caught in that storm and how no one would stop and help as he was trying to keep his family alive. I was in a kayak about three years ago, on a lake in Colorado on a photography expedition. I'd crossed the two mile wide lake, taken some still photos and some drone shots and as it was getting late in the afternoon, I decided to head back across the lake. There were a couple other boats on the lake, fishing. When I was halfway across the lake, I heard thunder behind me. There was a storm building, coming over the mountain behind me. Having spent a considerable amount of time in the Rockies, i knew how fast storms can form out of nowhere and become deadly. Being a mile from the nearest shoreline, I started rowing as fast as I could and within five minutes the wind and waves kicked up, and waves were blowing over my head. The boats on the lake took off at full throttle with one of them passing by me less than a tenth of a mile away while I tried waving them down. They never even slowed down. It took everything I had in me to keep that boat pointed in the direction the wind was going in order to keep the wind and waves from blowing me over. When I finally crashed into the rocks on the back side of the lake, the skin was coming off my hands from the oar. My 40 plus years of sailing experience is the only reason I'm still alive.
    If you're on the water and the weather turns bad, make sure you don't leave anyone behind!!

  • Brandon Smith
    Brandon Smith 2 місяці тому +1

    You guys put a tear in my eye!! I'm absolutely amazed, God bless you all!! What a beautiful ending to a tragic day!! Thank you for giving humanity hope!! There are so many wonderful people still out there, Thank you for reminding us to help each other out!!

  • Travis Peoples
    Travis Peoples 2 місяці тому +25

    I'm a Dad with young children and we love boating... I can't imagine being in danger in a storm and no one being willing to help. That's heartbreaking to say the least. What an incredible series this has been!

    • Repent and believe in Jesus Christ
      Repent and believe in Jesus Christ 2 місяці тому

      Repent to Jesus Christ “This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.”
      ‭‭1 John‬ ‭4‬:‭9‬ ‭NIV‬‬

    • M McKenzie
      M McKenzie 2 місяці тому +2

      Your boat is dead? There's a storm? Get on my boat. End of discussion.

    • Ervin Goertzen
      Ervin Goertzen 2 місяці тому +2

      A family in trouble, no one stopping to help , unconscionable to say the least

    • Doug Drummond
      Doug Drummond 2 місяці тому

      I thought it was a crime to pass someone up who's in danger in a boat. Or is that only in the ocean?

  • Patrick Rooney
    Patrick Rooney 2 місяці тому +8

    Iv had five boats in my life and a few times the engine had stopped. and the amount of people had stopped to help was on believable. the people who just drove past should be ashamed of their self's I was almost crying myself listening to them telling the story. and gog bless you guys for the lovely thing you did for the family. putting the boat back in the water. I wish you all the best of lucky from Ireland 🇮🇪

  • Matt C.
    Matt C. 2 місяці тому +2

    It's surprising to me that no one rendered any assistance to them. This was 30 years ago even. That's part of running a boat. That Captain on the tour boat was a real work of art. You help other boaters. It's good that all that was lost were material things, but it's upsetting that none of that should have happened at all. Merlin and company did quite a job getting that boat back into lakeworthy condition. Good deal all around.

  • Shawn Binning
    Shawn Binning 2 місяці тому +426

    If everyone was as kind and generous as the Fab Rats Team and their family the world would be a whole lot better place

    • Brian Detrick
      Brian Detrick 2 місяці тому

      @Phyde4ux Merlin said it's still your boat it's licenced to yall

    • Carl Ward
      Carl Ward 2 місяці тому

      @Amber Smith All of us see things through our own thoughts.

    • Amber Smith
      Amber Smith 2 місяці тому

      @Carl Ward yep some see things through there thoughts

  • River Rat Films
    River Rat Films 2 місяці тому +5

    This was absolutely incredible. It really made me realize that I shouldn’t ever take for granted each and every time my family takes the boat out. It’s hard to be negative on the water but sometimes when things don’t go a certain way it can get stressful. 😂 Hearing this family’s story really made me thankful that even on the bad days, making it back on to the trailer is extremely lucky and I’m extremely fortunate for that. Thank you so much for the eye opener of a video. What you guys did was truly incredible and the series has been a blast to watch. I’m so glad this family can now enjoy the boat they lost 30 years ago. Many good times to come!

  • Russel Butler
    Russel Butler 2 місяці тому +5

    That was such a hard story to hear. How different a story it would of been if the 1st person the waved down had just taken the few minutes to help out however they could of. It makes you realize how much you can change someone’s day by just helping in a small way for a few minutes. Thank you to you guys at fab rats, Merlin and Jimmy for sharing and putting some effort into changing the end of the story for them.

  • proudinfidel
    proudinfidel 2 місяці тому +8

    After having my father passing away on Dec.23, this was especially touching. Thank you all so much for your efforts.

  • David M
    David M 2 місяці тому +4

    You guys are spectacular...! What a heart felt, awesome and emotional video... You all are so kind and generous... God Bless you all and happy new year...

  • KSR
    KSR 2 місяці тому +13

    Amazing story I had tears in my eyes watching this video. You guys are amazing people this was differently one of the best videos I’ve seen. I still can’t believe no one would stop and help them especially if they saw the kids in the boat. The people back then must not have heard of maritime help in distress. Thanks again for the great video.

  • Naramsin Gabriel
    Naramsin Gabriel 2 місяці тому +187

    This truly brought tears to my eyes. As a parent, I cannot fathom the anguish these folks went through when people turned their backs on them in a time of need. I understand why they're unsure about keeping the boat, but I hope that they can overcome that anguish and realize that people like the Fab Rats Crew and Merlin's Crew exist out there that will help anyone and everyone. Just watch their videos if you want proof. God bless you Fab Rats and Merlin's Garage. The world is a better place with you in it!!!!

    • mrfraidykat
      mrfraidykat 2 місяці тому

      @Rodney Martin They may no longer have any part with lakes or boats.

    • Rodney Martin
      Rodney Martin 2 місяці тому +1

      I'm guessing part of the decision is if they live in an area now where they could use the boat or not. Also if Mama would rather not have it around with the bad memories that would be a deciding factor.

    • Fran Ashton
      Fran Ashton 2 місяці тому +15

      Amen. Still drying my eyes

  • Daniel Jacobson
    Daniel Jacobson 2 місяці тому +3

    Man, if that don’t hit you in the heart, I don’t know what will. You guys are the coolest ever love watching your channel. Thanks to Matts off-road leading me to your channel and Merlins channel. I love all three of them. Thanks for sharing this all the crazy stuff going on in the world today. It warms your heart to see something like this. There are a lot of good people left in this world. We just have to remember that. Thanks you so much.

  • M2C2 Treks, Roger and Michele
    M2C2 Treks, Roger and Michele 2 місяці тому +2

    Heartbreaking that no one would stop to help. So thankful their family survived. Thank you Merlin and the FabRats crew for what you did. ❤

  • Sandy Posey
    Sandy Posey 2 місяці тому +7

    Man, it was heart breaking to hear their story. You all are so awesome for everything you did.

  • Bud Matto
    Bud Matto 2 місяці тому +11

    This has been a fascinating journey from the initial recovery to the emotional return. I enjoyed every episode of the reconstruction, the amazement around the engine running and ultimately making it back to the water. Detective work to try to understand just how it got there and ultimately, developing the assumption that it appeared to be a quick escape. To me, that was an understatement. The ability to find the original owners and open conversation with them is great, I do want to say that the story of the day she went down was horrifying to hear and I can only imagine, to experience. I placed myself in the hands of a young mother and father, terrified at the change in weather and lake conditions, the horror of no one able or willing to stop and help a boat in trouble followed up by the heroism of the tour boat operator coming back to offer some measure of aid. Having to throw their young children to the waiting arms of a stranger and finally the final sprint / jump to survive as the boat disappeared. My thoughts are with that family who, in some measure, had to relive that moment in time from thirty years ago. My takeaway from hearing their story was to be ever-aware of what the back story that could exist and to be as compassionate to their situation. I had the feeling that while Mom was amazed to see the boat again, she probably doesn't want to be around it any more = it probably brings back some really dark memories around the survival of their family. Dad's reaction clearly demonstrated that the wounds of that day are still there. There is always a back story that must be anticipated. God bless that family for their harrowing journey and survival.

  • BuildWright1
    BuildWright1 2 місяці тому +150

    I'm sitting in my driveway with my daughter sleeping in the back of the jeep, 12" of snow melting by a dec 30 rainstorm I'm in tears over a recovered boat being fixed up and returned to its owners after 30 years.
    You all deserve a million subscribers after this story. I hope my Cummins speed boat doesn't end up at the bottom of a lake..

  • Larry Coolidge
    Larry Coolidge 2 місяці тому +4

    Wow, who would have thought the story behind the day the boat sank and all the emotions the owners went through that day, then watch them relive the story all over again. Very Emotional !! What a great and heartwarming act of kindness by all the people at Fab Rats. This will be a video to remember. Go Fab Rats !!

    • Larry Coolidge
      Larry Coolidge 2 місяці тому

      @David Amen !!

    • David
      David 2 місяці тому

      Wow is right Larry, just am thankful to God know one actually drowned that day!! With the details of that day, Divine intervention for sure!

  • Richnmo
    Richnmo 2 місяці тому +5

    You guy's rock and being a boat owner with kids I could relate totally to this from being in similar situations just like that. The way you all have such open arms and hearts to give back is so amazing and very emotional. You are so blessed and your caring for others will take you far in this life as we enjoy all that you do and how you all represent yourselves, thank you !

  • Mike Richardson
    Mike Richardson 2 місяці тому +5

    That's so amazing you guys did this for these people, actually brought tears to my eyes. You guys should all be very proud of yourselves, cheers guys , you are all outstanding people

  • Samitty
    Samitty 2 місяці тому

    This was an incredible series!! And very touching. 🥺😢 Thank you so much for documenting and sharing this journey. We were at Powell in July 2022 and explored this wreck when it was on the bank and the stern was still touching the water. I took a video. I was discussing with family about what might have happened. Wondering what the story was and if everyone made it out alive and where are they now and do they know their boat has emerged from her watery tomb? You can imagine my excitement to share this with my family since we had explored it in person. Such a harrowing story of survival and loss. Thank God they all got out safe. And so tragic that nobody stopped to help. I know we would have! What a blessing they are now reunited after 30 years!

  •  2 місяці тому +7

    What a chilling story they had to share. Glad they were able to be rescued and enjoy this moment 30 years later. Congratulations to the Fab Rats and Merlin’s team for being able to restore the boat and thanks for sharing your part of the journey.

  • KTM Outdoors
    KTM Outdoors 2 місяці тому +82

    Never thought I would be in tears over a boat returned to its owners. God bless Fab Rat's and Merlin for all they have done! Thank you!

    • Adventure and Family
      Adventure and Family 2 місяці тому +2

      I choked up when I could see Brian - the owner - unable to speak.
      Imagine those traumatic memories flooding back after all this time…
      God bless you all, what a gift, what an adventure… ❤🇷🇴

    • Frances Rice
      Frances Rice 2 місяці тому +4

      All of you guys are just so awesome. I bet everyone there was crying too. I was. This boat and the family that owned it were meant to be together again. God bless All of y’all for this awesome blessing. Michelle you are one beautiful lady with a beautiful soul. Thank you for this perfect video. God bless you all, happy New Year. Hunter, aren’t you happy you joined the FabRat team. I am
      Glad you did. Great filming. 👍. ❤️🙏🙏👍👍🌟🌟🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆❤️

    • Frances Rice
      Frances Rice 2 місяці тому +2

      I think I cried through the whole video. This made my day.

  • Fred Martine
    Fred Martine 2 місяці тому +4

    If I was boating out there and came upon them, I would've definitely stopped and helped them no matter how high the waves were. Listening to the story made my eyes teary but glad they got their boat back. Fat Rats crew and the people involved in getting the boat to run again and return it back to the original owner deserve a great blessing from God Almighty for making it possible 👍🇺🇸..

  • Tom Cleghorn
    Tom Cleghorn 2 місяці тому +2

    The emotion in that story sure hits home. And the part where nobody would stop!!!! Thanks fabrats for helping me keep the dust out of my eyes

  • Robert W. Gonzales
    Robert W. Gonzales 2 місяці тому

    FabRats watching you and Matt’s Offroad Recovery brings back past memories of growing up with close friends and family doing what you folks do in building your Offroad recovery vehicles. The emotional situations involved in helping others are true life experiences. Lots of lessons learned. Seeing your team effort in recovering this sunken boat. Relived my families fishing trips down into the Gulf of California. Weather and extreme ocean sudden storms remind me how fortunate we were! Too @ 25:31 All of You, Thank You for giving it Back in so many ways! Class People!

  • Bob Adam
    Bob Adam 2 місяці тому

    I just finished this series and I have been around boats my entire life, and I cannot comprehend how that ran. That story was heart wrenching. I can't imagine that family will want the reminder of one of the worst days of their lives back, but to be reunited and to have that boat live on will probably be more than enough. I hope this series is successful enough that you, Merlin or another channel goes and resurrects something else from there.

  • Max Neale
    Max Neale 2 місяці тому +2

    What an mazing story. To think that with a young family on board, for no one to come to their rescue blows my mind. To the crew that went so out of their way to go pick the boat up, to restore it to running order so it ran so well, to see the trauma in that man and his wifes face, must of been so terrifying.
    God bless you guys for your wonderful act of kindness
    From an Auzie fella in Far Nth Qld

  • Tumbleweed
    Tumbleweed 2 місяці тому +122

    Watching you recover the boat and haul it out of the dirt was all fun and games and sure, we all thought about it sinking but hearing that man recount the day in the storm with his young family and no help thinking they were going to die is a hard to relive with him. I can't imagine his pain from that day.

    • rock weeks
      rock weeks 2 місяці тому +7

      I fully agree with you Sean..I also had a hard time seeing the screen though very blurry eyes. I just had a really hard time trying to understand why no one would stop and try to assist this young family in the midst of the monsoon. I was born, raised and still live in Arizona so I have experienced a lot of life threatening monsoon storms so I know how scary it must have been to this family in 1993. My hat is off to the Fab Rats, Merlin and all those involved in resurrecting this boat. You all are a excellent example of good and caring human beings.

    • Shaun Olinger
      Shaun Olinger 2 місяці тому +30

      I gotta agree man... I had a small issue with "blurry screen syndrome" listening to him talk about throwing his child at someone who didn't want to take him. I'm a dad too... that was definitely hard to listen to.
      What also got to me in a different way... as a lifelong mariner (I grew up a live-aboard) I simply cannot comprehend why no one would help them. The law of the sea is never leave someone to drown. Even in the middle of the war in the Atlantic Ocean, German commerce raiders would pick up the crews of the ships they sank. There's absolutely no excuse to leave a family to drown on a lake.
      I've loved the Fab Rats for a while now, but this series with this boat has touched me very deeply. Thanks folks. Ya done a right proud thing here.

  • docchocobo
    docchocobo 2 місяці тому +2

    This is a good testimony to the great things and the Terrible Things of humanity. I'm so glad that somebody was able to save y'all. Most people just go by and don't get involved. I've seen it again and again. I'm glad to see all of you walking and able to actually come to this video. Good show for you guys. The story was deeply moving

  • Donna Kawana
    Donna Kawana 2 місяці тому +4

    I was in my feels prior to the story!! How horrific that day must've been!! As a sailor an someone who's spent my life on the water... I will never understand the selfishness of not stopping to help another vessel in distress.. I tell every new boater .. Never assume someone else has them... When someone calls a PON PON or an SOS .. you have a duty to humanity to help....
    That vessel was an is beautiful an the family is just as special!!!
    I just found your channel an subbed cuz y'all are amazing ✌🏼💗😊⛵

  • ronald burton
    ronald burton 2 місяці тому +2

    after you wipe the tears away after hearing the story you cant help but feel anger towards all the people that wouldnt help , this could have ended so different.. thansk you Paul and Merlin, Ben and Jet boat jimmy for bringing the story to an amazing Happy Ending !!! Go Fab Rats and Merlin's old school garage !

  • TowMan127
    TowMan127 2 місяці тому

    Great job guys! Man this was very emotional to watch. My heart broke for them cause I could only imagine what they went through. Him trying to save his family and people just passing by them and not helping. That made me so angry! Glad they survived and glad to see them reunited with their boat. Poor Paul lost his shades when they floored it. 😂

  • Brian Lea
    Brian Lea 2 місяці тому +7

    Great job Fab Rats and Merlin for recovering the boat and getting it operational again. It’s sad to hear what actually happened the day it sank. Those poor people endured a traumatic experience. Hope you guys will do a follow up with the owners in the future. That poor old boat deserves to be restored to its former glory.

  • Brett Moritz
    Brett Moritz 2 місяці тому +211

    This little series has been as much fun as the Golden Nugget! Thanks for taking us along.

    • Patrick Swagger
      Patrick Swagger 2 місяці тому +1

      @The Blue Bike & Doyle yep

    • The Blue Bike & Doyle
      The Blue Bike & Doyle 2 місяці тому +10

      Hum maybe should get Robby to paint it oh I got it got find a Square bode and paint it to match to boat . Dam that would be very cool

    • Brett Moritz
      Brett Moritz 2 місяці тому +4

      @Too Many Hobbies that is a fact... although was hoping he got his hands on it for a full gel coat correction

    • Carl Geiger
      Carl Geiger 2 місяці тому +6

      The Endless Nugget!

    • Too Many Hobbies
      Too Many Hobbies 2 місяці тому +10

      I agree, but I'm glad it didn't take as long. Maybe Robby will offer to restore and paint it.

  • Thomas Nichols
    Thomas Nichols 2 місяці тому +2

    To hear of such a shocking story that happened thirty years ago is heart wrenching.
    Fabrats Merlin and all involved what you did is what the true spirit of America is supposed to be all about. That boat was someone’s dream of having a great family time together. To hear the back story of that family and boats life brought tears to my eyes.
    In todays world when so much good for others can be done and yet not much good like this is ever heard of gives proof that great and good and wholesome people still do exist.
    The world is full of good folks like yourselves yet we don’t hear much about it.
    Merlin the fact you got that motor running and floating shows how much life after death it still has left.
    Great video and I love all the content. Thank you. The back story reminds us all just how precious life is and how close we can come to a feared ending so quickly.
    God bless you folks.

  • Jeff Murray
    Jeff Murray 2 місяці тому +1

    My heart is so full right now. What a awesome time with the original owners and touching them in a way they never expected. You all are amazing folks

  • J B
    J B 2 місяці тому +1

    That was a very emotional story. Unbelievable that nobody would give them any help, especially with an infant onboard.

  • Sandra Lutz-Rodriguez
    Sandra Lutz-Rodriguez 2 місяці тому +1

    COMPLETELY blown away the boat runs, and how good it looks after 30 years in Lake Powell. Having spent well over 15 seasons competing on water (dragon boat and kayak) I have seen numerous inconsiderate boaters. rich weekend warriors (is what we referred to them) and I am so sorry this family was not being helped when they were trying to save themselves. Pretty crappy boaters etiquette. SOOOO pumped you found the owners and got to share their story and a ride on their boat. YOU GUYS ROCK!!

  • Ed Spencer
    Ed Spencer 2 місяці тому

    A warm feeling deep down, a smile on my face, and tears in my eyes. You guys are awesome! I watched the whole series and am glad this turned out well. God bless.

  • Dieselmaster
    Dieselmaster 2 місяці тому +112

    Just an amazing UAclips community. You guys brought tears to my eyes. Listening to their story was just intense…having to picture what they gone through. I’m thankful they all survived and were able to tell
    us their story. Thank you fab rats and Merlins old school garage for making this amazing content and giving to the community. You guys have an extremely big heart.❤

  • Cap'n Jimmy
    Cap'n Jimmy 2 місяці тому +2

    Holy shit the emotion in the guys voice after all these years, its hard to imagine how scared they must have been. I think they must have been really lucky to all get out alive. You guys really are the best, you really are.

  • Jeremy Wrx
    Jeremy Wrx 2 місяці тому +1

    Thanks for making me cry. What an amazing story. So glad they all survived. Still cant believe it floats and runs .

  • soulseeker
    soulseeker 2 місяці тому +1

    You guys are a group of very special people with big hearts. You have turned a family tragedy into something good. That family can finally have some closer on all those bad memories. Way to go Fab Rats & Merlin's Old School Garage, YOU GUYS' ROCK!

  • P4ddyC4ke
    P4ddyC4ke 2 місяці тому

    This was amazing. You guys gave this family closure for sure. As I listened to the story of how the boat sunk, I just kept going WTF as he described all the people passing them by. And then even the boat that finally stopped refusing to take them aboard. Amazing story, with a long awaited happy ending.

  • MrGixxer1300r
    MrGixxer1300r 2 місяці тому

    This video kind of tugged at my heart strings a little. This was a sad story that ended well where the man and his family came out ok, and thirty years later thanks to Paul and the fab rats he got to see his old boat again as a working unit. Kudos to the Fab Rats!!!! Awesome content!!!

  • Weber Lori
    Weber Lori 2 місяці тому +59

    Such a story! Broke my heart no one would help them. Thank the Lord was watching over them. The world needs more positive videos like this. Thank you Fab Rats and Merlin

    • Gerald H.
      Gerald H. 2 місяці тому +1

      They saved themselves no lord involved

  • Christopher Mann
    Christopher Mann 2 місяці тому

    That's absolutely horrible to hear that no one stopped to assist them in their time of need! It's heartbreaking to hear that story.

  • John Nelson
    John Nelson 2 місяці тому

    Congratulations you all! I’m so glad it worked out. Very emotional to see a recovery of a lost craft go this well.

  • InMyOpinion!
    InMyOpinion!  2 місяці тому

    This is one of my all-time favorite UAclips sagas. Great collaboration, fascinating topic, loveable people, unexpected outcome and terrific ending. Thank you for sharing with us!

  • JLange642
    JLange642 2 місяці тому +1

    WoW! What an ending to such a moving story! That day 30+ years ago could have ended more tragically, but the good Lord had other ideas. Now you good people have brought it full circle! Fabulous video! Thanks for the ride.

  • jenny
    jenny 2 місяці тому

    this is the most amazing moving and touching video ive seen idk i just can feel their emotion and you can really tell that this touched them deep. of course as always paul and everyone else that had any hand in this you guys are amazing people you really are! anyways love all your videos

  • atf01
    atf01 2 місяці тому +121

    The fact he remembers so much detail tells just how traumatic this event was for them, but he made sure they lived to tell the story, you guys did something really good here for this family, it might seem like it's "just a boat" but it's more than that.

    • Spgonahan
      Spgonahan 2 місяці тому

      @Kris D The family knew. But the Fabrats guys did not know the full magnitude of the trauma, and I know Paul felt a little bad about it.

    • Rodney Martin
      Rodney Martin 2 місяці тому +1

      @Peter Charles retelling the story is actually a healing event, and I'm sure that seeing it up and running helped in the healing process as well.

    • Amber Smith
      Amber Smith 2 місяці тому

      @Peter Charles yep

    • Peter Charles
      Peter Charles 2 місяці тому +2

      Sure, they knew what they were going for. They did not anticipate that it would be a triggering event. Although we don't know what conversations they had in deciding whether to go or not. ]
      Unintended consequences.

    • Kris D
      Kris D 2 місяці тому +4

      @Peter Charles the family knew why they went to Havasu. They knew it was for the boat. They had a choice.

  • Sonia's Woodshop
    Sonia's Woodshop 2 місяці тому +2

    Thankful that you all have taken the opportunity to share this story, I was definitely choked up when the father described what happened.

  • Xtroll1738
    Xtroll1738 2 місяці тому

    The owner's story on how they lost their boat was kind of emotional to me as about 21 months ago I was out fishing with a buddy when our fishing boat capsized and I thought I was going to drown. Listening to their story drug up feelings from my exprience. I can also relate to needing help and nobody stopping to help as I hit a deer on the expressway with my motorcycle one night. I had 5 vehicles go by with no one stopping to help. Only after I had hobbled up to the wrecked bike laying in the weeds, miraculously finding my cell phone laying face up all lit up half way to the bike, while I was sitting on the bike on the phone with 911 4 - 5 minutes later did the 1st vehicle that had went by came back because one of the ladies in the car had thought she had saw someone on the side of the road. What Fab Rats and Merlin did was pretty cool. As for my boat, it didn't sink Thank the Lord or I wouldn't be here but I did have to find where it floated to 2 days later and go get it with my canoe the next day along with a bunch of my stuff. If you ever want to experience anxiety, almost drown from capsizing a boat then 3 days later get in a tippy canoe to go right across where you almost drowned to rescue your boat. I was wearing a life perserver, had a second one also with me along with a seat cushion on that canoe trip. So I can relate to a lot of the feelings that family was going through as I was going through them also. I hope they do as I did and not let one bad experience ruin future good experiences as I still use my boat and I still ride my motorcycle.

  • JB Custom
    JB Custom 2 місяці тому +1

    This ending of the series of this boat truly got my face all wet but for good reasons. It is amazing what you guys did and just as amazing what internet can do these days. Their story got me emotional so i can't imagine how they must have been feeling but this will also bring back a lot of good memories for this family. Again, you guys are amazing and by far one of the channel I love. I like many, but I love yours. To me, it means a lot. It shows that there is still a lot of good people in this world ready to go above and beyond to make other people happy and this, makes me happy.
    Happy new year to everyone!

  • Eric Carlson
    Eric Carlson 2 місяці тому

    What a great series and a horrific story of how they lost their boat. For a professional captain to not render assistance or stay on station in that situation until help arrived is mind boggling. It is one of the first things you’re taught.

  • Chris Thurman
    Chris Thurman 2 місяці тому

    amazing story, and an amazing team for an amazing family. This was very uplifting and shows that there is still great people! This was my first time watching, but I instantly subscribed!

  • jes
    jes 2 місяці тому +119

    If this story hadn't been documented, I never would have believed it. A jet boat that sank and sat at the bottom of a lake for 30 years, salvaged after the lake level dropped enough to retrieve it, and then revived with the original motor to power it once again.......absolutely unbelievable! Merlin (you ARE a magician🧙‍♂) & Fab Rats, great job! It's a Christmas miracle!

  • Janice Held
    Janice Held 2 місяці тому

    I so enjoy watching the joy you all bring people with all the wonderful things you do. This family was so traumatized by the boat sinking, rightfully so. I hope they enjoy the boat in the future or they pass it to someone else to love.

  • The Buckey
    The Buckey 2 місяці тому +1

    So Happy the family made it safe, but the fact that people chose not to stop is very sad. FAB RATS have done a great thing here!!

  • Victor Nicholson
    Victor Nicholson 2 місяці тому

    This is what makes our town a great place to live. Thank you all for sharing this experience!

  • edward lansdowne
    edward lansdowne 2 місяці тому

    Hi folks, someone else here from Australia, we have a huge boating culture here and I'm pretty sure that anyone hearing that story felt it all the way to their heart just like we did.
    Hearing that family tell the story of the day of the storm and the circumstances of losing the boat, That was just heartbreaking.

  • Jeff Morgan
    Jeff Morgan 2 місяці тому

    Holy moly I just lost some fluid from my eyes. What an amazing bunch of incredible awesome people. Fab rats, Merlin’s old school garage. What an incredible story , thank you for doing that for that wonderful family

  • Timothy Geiger
    Timothy Geiger 2 місяці тому +120

    Wow! That was a harrowing experience for that family back in 93! I can't even fathom why no one would stop to help, especially with young kids in the boat. To hear the father say that he was prepared to die that day to save his family, that's what a real man would do.
    That was a good little series, good to see. FabRats & Merlin's old school garage work together to make it happen.
    Gotta give a shoutout to jetski jimmy, he worked pretty hard on it too.

    • Timothy Geiger
      Timothy Geiger 2 місяці тому

      @Colten Miller that's where I'm coming from. One could argue the others were not required by law to stop, because they themselves felt they might risk their own lives, he did say there was a sudden & massive monsoon that was bearing down on the lake!
      That being said, most people are going to try to render aid as good etiquette!

    • Colten Miller
      Colten Miller 2 місяці тому

      @Timothy Geiger unless I’m incorrect and it only is applicable at Sea & not on a lake - 46 uscs sec. 2304 states it is in fact law for the captain, or individual in charge of a vessel, to render assistance or aid to any individual found to be in distress/at the risk of being lost.
      Which is also punishable by jail time + fines to not do so.
      (From what I’ve found it is required for the captain or individual in charge, by law, however it does state “so long as the captain or individual in charge can do so without serious risk to their own vessel or individuals onboard)
      So assuming the severity of the storm - that was able to sink their boat in the first place, that would most likely fall into the category of being “an immediate risk to another vessel or individuals onboard” - regardless it’s virtually unfathomable to not attempt to if nothing else, remove/retrieve the infant&children in such a situation & just the entire family at that point - disregard anything to do with attempting to assist the actual vessel.
      So it does seem to be law, however I do not know if this applies in a lake vs. being at sea, and again who knows the circumstances as for the conditions for attempting, without then being in harms way themselves by trying to assist.

    • Kris D
      Kris D 2 місяці тому

      @DustawayJim His wife thinks so too!

    • Timothy Geiger
      Timothy Geiger 2 місяці тому

      @Fred Seaborne i wasn't there, don't blame me! I'm merely stating it's not a law that you are required to stop. It's more of an "incident". None of us were around there, but i personally would have stopped.

    • Fred Seaborne
      Fred Seaborne 2 місяці тому

      @Timothy Geiger How was that not an "accident scene"??? The boat was foundering, for goodness' sake! Sounds like a prime "accident" to me!

  • Barbara Fleece
    Barbara Fleece 2 місяці тому

    You are truly wonderful people to do this for this family! It’s people like you that make the world a better place😊

  • srameypr
    srameypr 2 місяці тому

    My family used to boat and fish when I was young. This story made me cry. I cannot imagine what these people went through. Quite honestly, I wouldn't blame them if they decided to sell this boat because of the memories, but he sure did look happy to be driving it again. What an amazing job you all did! And I can't believe the engine turned over! That's just nuts!

  • randy lester
    randy lester 2 місяці тому

    Awesome video, awesome job, and most of all, an Awesome story and ending by all that contributed to reuniting and giving closure to a bad memory. Y'all helped that family more than you'll probably ever know. Thank you for what y'all do and your giving of your hearts to a better society. 👍🇺🇸👍 Good people doing good things!

  • ENZ3D
    ENZ3D 2 місяці тому

    wow that story was emotional, had me in tears but also angry about the lack of help given to a person in distress. awesome little series really enjoyes this bouncing between the 2 channels watching all the progress.

  • Jeff G
    Jeff G 2 місяці тому +1

    From beginning to end of this story I've been hooked, I'm blown away by the condition and the fact the engine still ran after a little cleaning! Finding the prior owners and involving them really made the story, hands down one of the most original and interesting video series I've seen! Awesome job!!

  • tootired76
    tootired76 2 місяці тому +119

    This truly is one of the best stories on the net! It was fun to see you guys repair it and watching Brian relive that day brought a tear to my eye! Shame on all those people who went by them on the lake in '93 and didn't stop to render aid. I'm gonna buy a flare gun for my boat. If I get into trouble and no one stops, flares will be launched at them!!

    • Mr. Intensity
      Mr. Intensity 2 місяці тому

      @Randall Smerna I agree. I'm looking at the other side of the equation.

    • Randall Smerna
      Randall Smerna 2 місяці тому +11

      @Mr. Intensity When you're faced with a life and death situation of a family of 4 you screw liability!

    • Sean Workman
      Sean Workman 2 місяці тому +4

      I am pleased that they were re-united with their boat and willing to share the memory of the day they lost it. As a seafarer I am disgusted that no-one was willing to help until they were forced to, it is actually a crime to not render assistance to others in distress on the water.
      If that boat was in salt water it would have been unrecognizable but a cast iron engine in deep fresh water was preserved.

    • Mr. Intensity
      Mr. Intensity 2 місяці тому +3

      @Michael Gray The liability of his passengers on board, unfortunately.

  • Jet Taulbee
    Jet Taulbee 25 днів тому

    As a father I can't even begin to think other parents would knowingly pass other parents with kids in complete distress! Completely mind boggles me. Be better people! Awesome job Fabrats and Merlin!

  • joseph art
    joseph art 2 місяці тому +1

    It is crazy to hear people wouldn't help !! The greatest part of being an American is we help each other. I can't fathom what it felt like to be him. I am sure glad he made it to tell his story. Sure glad you did this for the family.

  • Drew Miller
    Drew Miller 2 місяці тому +4

    Well done Guys! Way more drama than I had expected, and a lot of questions answered. Wow his fight to save his family just about had me in tears. I mean the Golden Nugget had it's emotional moments, not much drama once it was towed out of its long term hidey hole after so many years, other than having to hide it from Ed occasionally. This story ending was almost like a redemption for having top undergo all of that drama. The presentation of the personal items was a nice touch also. The whole idea of seeing the boat back on the water, especially in it's current condition, was unthinkable early on. There's a multi-level positive message here somewhere if you think deeply enough about it, anyway, GREAT JOB EVERYONE!

  • Scott Hubert
    Scott Hubert 2 місяці тому +3

    Someone cutting onions in here? What a story and my goosebumps will last for a little while on this one. The family/crew at Fab Rats are such incredible humans. Exceptional. Blessings to you all in this new year of 2023.

  • Jim
    Jim 2 місяці тому

    That was an amazing story. I really appreciate them sharing their story and the awesome thing you did for them. Great video.

  • Richard Thomas
    Richard Thomas 2 місяці тому +161

    WOW! It is a wonder that this family survived , very emotional story. Shame on the ones that went by and did not stop to help.

    • Z
      Z 2 місяці тому

      @Hipshot ^ good heart.

    • Z
      Z 2 місяці тому

      @Mason De Gaulle ^

    • Z
      Z 2 місяці тому +3

      ​@Richard Gray my question is completly unrelated to this specific instance, im just asking an obvious question as a Segue into what im about to say... i wouldnt jump into save a panicking drowning person, hell no. but ill think fast and try to save them by other means of course but im not letting someone whos panicking drag me down with them. someone i knew died trying to save a stranger from drowning, the stranger was drowning... so he was clawing and grabbing at anything he could get to which sadly was that someone i knew, they both died. so PSA if you are going to save someone, please be smart about it. be ready for them to try to climb on.. someone fighting for their life might not care about yours.

    • Hipshot
      Hipshot 2 місяці тому +2

      @Z I absolutely would and I have jumped in to save people on a river with a capsized boat. I would rather drown trying to save somebody then watch them drown and have to live with it.

  • Liberty Freak News
    Liberty Freak News 2 місяці тому

    One of the best series I have seen in a long time. What a great story. What a beautiful gesture. You guys are really something else.

  • jake david
    jake david Місяць тому

    My favorite summer times were with my dad in our boat. Its sat a long time since then but the memories are like vivid. I am the same age as the owners daughter and can only imagine the fear for your kids as the boat is going down. As a parent you would never want that danger. Im so happy you guys do these type of things as it shows the people of the world are still good

  • Alice Evans
    Alice Evans 2 місяці тому

    Man if you didn't cry watching this your feeler is broken! What a traumatic bad dream, you're in trouble and no one helps you! This story could have had a tragic ending, but GOD was definitely with them that day. So glad to hear the rest of the story. Priceless looks on everyone's face, so worth what you guys did to get it running again. Hopefully they'll have better times in it. Thanks for this series, it was a dosey! Stay safe and GOD bless.... HAPPY NEW YEAR! 🎉

  • Jody Bryant
    Jody Bryant 2 місяці тому

    What a awesome reunion. Such a heartfelt story. Great job and congratulations on the success of your project. Very happy no one was killed in the storm.
    Exciting for the owners to find peace in this wonderful event.

  • John Woods
    John Woods 2 місяці тому +1

    Great series and even greater story of how you retrieved the boat and brought it back to the original owners. How scary would that have been to be the father and wife to have his family at such risk. Thanks for doing this!!

  • Baughlin87
    Baughlin87 2 місяці тому +71

    Merlin is an actual wizard. He does some amazing things with that imagination and his tools. This was such a feel good series. Can’t really get much better than good people helping strangers

  • Laurie Thiboutot
    Laurie Thiboutot 2 місяці тому +1

    Wow! I knew there was a story but they sure did make it real… like we were there with them! What a great series! You guys handled it so well throughout! Michelle, saving the things from the boat is a beautiful woman’s touch! I see your “work” from video editing to just being you.. you are the glue! I love Paul, Ben and Lolli too (I’m grandma Lolli too) but I can only imagine what you go through to put videos like this out! Great job! I had tears streaming down my face watching this! ❤👍👌🫶🥰

  • Superjet113
    Superjet113 2 місяці тому

    I live here in havasu and have been watching this story and lake levels everywhere. This is truly a amazing story, and glad nobody drowned back then. Also glad you found the owners!
    TO ALL BOATERS: Never try to run from a monsoon or into one, always wait it out. I have been on Powell in one and also many here on Havasu. I see people up the river see storms coming, then they come running back to the lake to the ramps where the waves are huge and the wind major, then they are screwed basically. Just wait it out! Take care and I will share this video with my friends.

  • Jonathan Bredenkamp
    Jonathan Bredenkamp 2 місяці тому +3

    Michelle, you folks absolutely nailed this one ! You are all amazing humans and your continued ‘gift giving’, ‘problem solving’ and ‘happiness sharing’ attitude inspires us all ! Wishing the entire Cox family and the Fab Rats crew a blessed New Year and so looking forward to what you can concoct in ‘23 !

  • Benjamin Flack
    Benjamin Flack 2 місяці тому

    What an amazing video! Finding a speed boat like that in the condition it was in, I automatically made assumptions. But you guys bringing that boat back to life, reaching out to the owners, and hearing their story of that day and how it happened? Wow, just wow. It's like finding that boat was meant to happen