Lobster-Diving Boaters Get Surrounded by Waterspouts

Crew and passengers got more than they bargained for on this Florida boating trip.
1:40 | 09/30/13

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Next tonight one of those moments where you ask what were they thinking. The boaters, all of it on tape surrounded by not one, not two but five water spouts and motoring straight toward them. Abc's matt gutman shows us what happened next. Reporter: To some this might seem insanity. To charter captain kevin johnson, it's water spout slalom. Johnson was lobster fishing wednesday on his boat with his buddy, aaron oster, and his best friend, bode. They were off the florida keys when they spotted this rare weather system with multiple water spouts, basically mini tornadoes over water. Not many people see water spouts or tornadoes from this perspective. Reporter: All of a sudden those funnels were all around them. On the other side of this one there's three or four more. Reporter: Water spouts often form under thunderclouds. Reporter: Johnsen guns his boat, heading straight for the water spout. Then hammers right through it, he seemed to have everything on him, the snorkel, the camera. He was missing one thing, the life jacket. The dog didn't have one either. Johnsen called it a cal rated risk. These are 70 miles per hour or less. There was no real danger. What would you call this? Wresless. He's putting his life in danger, passengers in dangers and responders in danger. Reporter: Still he says he would do it again. He just might need a bigger boat. Matt gutman abc news, miami.

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