We had a 60-second satellite phone call from Jennifer this afternoon. She said that everyone was okay, but the Nauti Mermaid was a total loss. The 150 mph winds had flipped her over and the repair cost would likely be higher than the replacement costs.
I asked her if we should arrange to bring them all back to Florida, but she said no. They were receiving a lot of love and support from the local community and they want to stay there and help rebuild.
I'm at a loss to understand how our analysis of the post-storm photos was so wrong. I can only surmise that there must be more to the story and circumstances than we currently understand.
Viewing the CNN article published today, I was able to find the boat in the NOAA aerial photo. The problem seems to be that I was mentally searching for a sunken boat or a boat pushed up and into the mangroves and I had failed to recognize that what I thought was a small building at the end of a road was actually an inverted catamaran. After having viewed the CNN on-the-scene images, it became easy to spot.
Matt (Jennifer's dad)