Remembering a tragedy

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The four men set out into the Gulf of Mexico in the morning gloom, bound for deep-water fishing far offshore. About 40 miles off the coast of Pinellas County, their boat capsized and they wound up clinging to the submerged remnants in the darkness. Only one survived. It was sensational news - in 1955. Ruben Williams, his brother, Dalton, Jack Whittington, and a captain they knew only as "Kelley" set out on what was supposed to be a pleasant fishing trip. The eerie parallels between that old boating mishap and the recent one involving four football players struck home for B.J. Woodside, an 80-year-old retiree living in Brooksville.

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