Kevin Johnsen took this photo on Sept. 25, 2013 off the Florida coast. He writes, "This is one of the better shots, but the wide angle camera can't pick up the details of how striking the scenery was." (Courtesy of Kevin Johnsen, Florida Keys Reel Adventures / October 1, 2013)
A charter captain in the Florida Keys drives his boat through a waterspout.
A Florida man saw a spinning funnel cloud and did what you would expect...from a Florida man. He turned his boat and drove it right through it.
Kevin Johnsen, of Marathon, who is a charter boat captain at Florida Keys Fish Adventures captured video of five waterspouts off the Florida coast last week and recorded a video of he and another man, Aaron Osters, taking their boat and piloting it right through one of the waterspouts.
You can see the original 11-minute plus video on youtube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6lgvU0Ldvc uploaded by Johnsen.
On the Florida Keys Fish Adventures facebook page, Johnsen posted several photos of the waterspouts. He writes:
"Aaron Osters and I had a great adventure as a handful of waterspouts touched down nearby as we were lobstering"
"The waterspouts evolved so quickly, coming and going. It was tough to decide which way to go."
There's one shot of Osters with the caption, "Aaron Osters has no idea of what I am thinking right now."
In another shot, he writes, "This is what our escape route looked like. All that water that went up came back down and I had to figure a safe way through it!."
So you may be asking yourself, "How safe is this?"
Well Johnsen is the first to admit, even on the video, that it might not have been a great idea.
"This is not for anybody to try EVER and this is a delicately calculated risk based on dozens of fluid variables that change by the second," Johnsen writes on the youtube video description. "Waterspouts are typically short lived F0 rated tornadoes on the water with winds under 72mph. This was a likely an F0 waterspout, yet was strong enough to completely open my deck hatches and forcibly move the boat more than I expected. The approach was intended to go with the wind at high speed to minimize the effect, yet provide the fullest, safest experience. Again, don't ever do this! If you do, you're gonna need a bigger boat!!"
Somehow, delicate is not the adjective I'd use to describe Johnsen's actions. How would you describe it?