Monday, June 25, 2012

Missing At Sea by Morgan Mandel

While here on vacation in Wisconsin, almost every day I hear a story about missing fishermen who go out on a lake or river and never return. The searches are called off because of darkness or inclement weather, and resumed later.

In some cases the bodies are found. In others, they’re presumed drowned and the bodies are never recovered.

Sometimes I wonder, if someone had come to their rescue sooner, could they have survived? How long did they swim, waiting for help which didn’t arrive in time?

Or, maybe, they hadn’t wanted to live, and didn’t want to be found. Or, maybe someone tried to do them in, by making adjustments to the motor so it would conk out, or siphoning off some of the gas.

Or, maybe two of them got into an argument and one pushed the other over. So many grim possibilities. I wonder how often the true story ever comes out.

Have you read any novels which include a missing person at sea or where a drowning is involved? Maybe you’ve written one yourself. Please share.

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Earl Staggs said...

There seem to be as many lakes in North Texas as there are days with temperatures over 100, and people flock to the water for relief. Hardly a weekend goes by without a report of a fisherman, boater or swimmer lost. So far, none of them have been anyone I knew, but how sad when a family goes out on he water for fun, but not all of them come back.

Susanne Alleyn said...

But the mystery writer thinks, "How many of these missing people, whose bodies are never found, have actually faked their own deaths in order to begin a new life elsewhere?" Hmmmm..... :-)

Patricia Stoltey said...

In our part of the country, it's often a hiker missing in the back woods or someone lost in a fast-flowing river after a raft overturns. I haven't used that kind of suspense in a novel...yet.

Good post, Morgan. Thanks, Bob.

Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

This was an interesting and thought provoking post. Thanks, Morgan.

Morgan Mandel said...

I like Susanne's idea about how many fake their deaths. Yes, and start a new life somewhere else, maybe free of debt or fee of a spouse, hmmm....

Anonymous said...

nice posting.. thanks for sharing.