The Northwest Caribbean Net operates daily at 8 a.m. on Channel 6209 on Single Sideband Radio (SSB). A volunteer hosts the controlled net that serves as a news channel for cruisers. The volunteer initially polls the audience for emergency broadcasts and then proceeds to the local weather forecast and an opportunity for cruisers to check in from their current location. Sometimes cruisers merely announce their presence. Sometimes they have a story to share.
On yesterday’s net the couple cruising aboard S/V Matador announced that they had found a stowaway on board. It was a boa constrictor. Evidently the invader had traveled to their boat from Placencia, Belize, after a recent squall. (This offers a new twist on the old saying, Any port in a storm.) The captain and first mate didn’t know what to do and requested help from Placencia. Luckily for them, a local teenager volunteered his services, swam to Matador and tossed the snake overboard. No word on whether the teen swam back with it.
Yesterday’s net controller, without missing a beat, pronounced the end of the daily broadcast by saying it was now the Northwest Caribbean Snake Net.