Within minutes, the storm they had seen in the distance arrived. “We got slammed, rain, wind, hail, everything,” Hamilton said. “We had to come off plane because the visibility was zero.” Using the boat’s onboard GPS, Hamilton idled following the cursor in an attempt to stay in the channel. Not only were waves lapping over the gunwales, lighting struck all around them, sending tingles up Hamilton’s arms. “We were just trying to figure out how to get to land or some kind of protection,” said Hamilton.