Help Me Find My Dad
My dad, Bill Kinsinger, was one of the most exceptional men that has ever been put on this earth impacting every single person he came across in a positive way. His love for animals was a passion like no other I have ever seen. He spent nearly every second of his free time and money out of his own pocket flying shelter dogs wherever they needed to go for safety. On January 3rd while flying south from Oklahoma City to Georgetown Texas he somehow became unconscious and his plane flew until it ran out of fuel somewhere over the Gulf of Mexico just north of Cancun. The coast guard has suspended search efforts as they don’t do underwater searches. I have decided the best response is to do what they wouldn’t and go out to the waters dragging a sonar to tell me what it looks like under the surface and recover his plane and give him a proper burial where he wished. I have already spent 500 on maps tide and depth charts in the waters. I will need a boat, side scan sonar device and provisions for the potential several month journey. And after talking with countless oceanographers and sailors all across the United States this seems to be the amount I will need in addition to the money I will get selling my truck in the coming weeks. Thank you and god bless. Any questions about my journey or my amazing father I can be reached at 405 6402425, jake.+ Read More
For those of you who do not already know, hurricane Michael did a serious number on my boat, a couple days before we were supposed to leave for mexico. It’s a real show stopper. My 20 ton boat is laying on its side in someone’s field, beat to hell. The next step is to see if someone can help me lift it back into the water and then see if it still floats and then start fixing it again. The bright side of this tragedy is, the boat is not sunk like virtually every other boat in my marina, i made it out alive, and pieces of my dads plane were found on the beach in Texas following the storm. If any one has any questions, text or call me anytime.
As of right now my departure date has shifted from today to sometime late next week for Mexico. My crew and I have been working constantly to get this boat in shape to leave and it is pretty much there however our sonar equipment delivery has been slightly delayed. Once that all arrives in Florida we are headed south. Feel free to call me regarding any details about our journey.
Hi everyone, again I want to say my thanks for absolutely everything, but mainly the overwhelming support. This is without a doubt the most difficult thing I have ever done between battling my own emotions and deciding what’s rational and what not to convincing nay sayers I have what it takes. I have some new information I think everyone will be interested to hear. I have picked out a boat that I believe is the one for the job and I have until Tuesday to make the decision on whether or not I’m going to get it, which I plan to. Originally I was going to do this totally by myself and try and get out in the Gulf as soon as possible to beat hurricane season , however after talking with new found captain friends they have advised me against both of these things. Explaining that trying to beat hurricane season could be extremely dangerous as well as going alone. Seeing as I’m a fairly novice seaman. The new plan is to leave in October the moment hurricane season is over and the seas are calm. This will be good for several reasons, I have a slip in a marina for six months so I will be able to live aboard until October knowing the boat and its engine like the back of my hand fixing the boat (it has a few leaks and stuff that go along with buying an older vessel). My good friend and very seasoned boat captain is now agreeing to go on the journey with me he’s very passionate about the water and very knowledgeable. On a totally different note, I spent the last couple days here in New Orleans meeting with the coast guard where they gave me a PowerPoint about their search and exactly how the whole ordeal went down in great detail. I have a much better idea of where and how to look for my father. With all the research and probabilities I’ve gone through I want to say I will be able to pinpoint where his plane is but we will see. I do want to make it clear though that I am not displeased with the coast guard in any manner. They worked as hard as they could and gave it their all, they simply just do not do underwater searches. Thank you again everyone from the bottom of my heart.
Posted by Jake Kinsinger
10 months agoShare
Hi everyone who has helped me along the way in this journey. I apologize it has taken me so long to give an update on how this journey is going, a lot has occurred in the last couple months. I spent the last couple months going back and forth from my home in Nashville down to Panama City beach in Florida. Week on week off. I would spend one week in PCB on a boat learning seamanship and nautical navigation skills, head bash to Tennessee to study what I had just practiced and then back to Florida to learn more. Two and a half weeks ago I decided it was better not to leave anymore and fully immerse my self in my charts and maps down here so I have been staying on new found friends boats until I find one suitable for the blue water where dad went down. In fact I found a perfect one however upon survey of the boat it’s engine blew a hole in it, putting me back to square one for a suitable vessel. I have received a lot of good information about who to contact for help and the top contender seemed to be Texas equusearch however I have yet to get a very sound response from them. I have however found two men who specialize in finding planes, and they are good at it. So I will meet with them next month in person. This is a much more daunting task than I ever could have imagined and lots of people have called me stupid and crazy for even attempting it but anything is possible and I’m going to do anything and everything possible. I can’t thank everyone enough for the support I’m receiving I will try to be better about updating my progress as I go along. God bless and feel free to contact me anytime.