My Father, John, has been voyaging back and forth from MN to FL for over 30 years. In 2017 my Dad was seriously injured and crippled in a pedestrian auto accident crossing the street in Winona, MN, but nothing could have prepared us for his fate yesterday when his floating home (a midsized motor sailboat) capsized and submerged under the rollers at Lock and Dam 16, Muscatine, Iowa.

Miraculously, Capt. John has survived and was rescued albeit he has lost everything, his home and all its contents and what is even worse  unfortunately, he had no insurance. 

Took time off from work for the first traumatic crippling accident in MN, September and October 2017, right after returning from evacuating FL due toHurricane Irma. Then I took months off work this past s ummer to go to MN again to assess the conditions, help and aid his healing, make repairs to Beluga after storage last winter.. Both my Dad's accidents are life changing events. Being struck by a car has caused John permanent losses in range of motion in his legs, knees, right arm and memory loss (possibly TBI brain damage). The accident has been a costly ordeal physically, mentally and financially. State Farm Insurance settlement was exhausted before covering a half a million dollars in hospital bills. Thankfully the medical bills were greatly reduced, yet a $9000 outstanding balance is due at one hospital. 

Then yesterday another devastating blow. The total loss of his home due to a grave navigational error. Grampa John (who served in the Air Force Reserve) lost his floating home, all his belongings inside and nearly lost his life. By God's good grace John has survived another terrible accident costing an estimated $100,000, the financial loss of his home and personal effects (no insurance this time to recover any of the valuables lost).

We are in a dire time of need to get my Dad to Florida, set up in a facility nearby and evaluated as soon as possible for memory issues which are very concerning after salvage. I foresee much assistance with continued family leave from my work again to accommodate his needs. Please help with any amount of financial support, Shares, prayers and positive vibes.

Thank you in advance for all your support.  

Link below to the first reported story on this rescue;

MUSCATINE FIRE RESCUE DEPT. Facebook Page who transported Capt. to hospital after rescued by Steve, Mike and Chase with the Army Corps of Engineers

Click the  link below for the amazing life saving rescue by Army Corps of Engineers at Lock 16. 

Report of Journalist Elizabeth Wadas a sensitive heart felt report with link here to gofundme 


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