That's a really hair-raising account, Mark. Do you think Dave would have been sucked down while wearing his PFD (but not holding on to his boat), or just thrashed? His boat must have been moving pretty fast to get holed. Very interested in hearing what any other mates think about whirlpools & rescues. What happens if you get sucked under? Does it spit you out? If so, how soon? Ack!