"The skipper grabbed onto the elastic waistband of his [Fred's] shorts, but could not keep him from slipping the rest of the way into the water. When Fred went into the water he did swallow some saltwater, but otherwise appeared okay, passing the rod back to the skipper, who simply slipped it into the nearest pole holder," Eric Brictson, the manager of Gordo Banks Pangas, wrote in an email to Pete Thomas Outdoors. "Then the skipper passed the throw ring and strapped a life vest onto Fred as he held firmly on to the panga railing. Fred is very large man, approximately 280 pounds. He had mentioned health problems, diabetes, being overweight, and he did not have much upper body strength."