In the 25 years of Madam and Hooker (later God’s Will and God’s Favor), there were many life-and-death moments. “Things got dicey from time to time,” Capt. Scott Levin says, recalling the day that he and Skip Smith, Deborah, Jerry and mate Greg Mercurio took the 17-foot tender out to try for a roosterfish record in Costa Rica. Levin, who spent close to three years on the boat, starting in 1988, says that fishing the big swells that form at the mouth of the river wasn’t the smartest idea. “We should have paid better attention,” he says. “Jerry and Deborah were having a blast, climbing on top of one another to see who could catch the first 2- and 4-pound rooster record, so we didn’t see the 10-foot wave cresting behind us. When I came to the surface, I saw Greg and Skip 75 yards offshore. Deborah popped up next to me in the shore break. I saw Jerry struggling and yelling for help a short distance away. None of us knew that Jerry was not a strong swimmer and was panicked. I’m a strong swimmer and had been trained in lifesaving, so I was able to calm him down and turn him on his back to swim him from the shore break that was pounding us at that point. Eventually, by swimming parallel to the current, we got into calmer water, where a local fishing boat rescued us and took us back to Madam. Skip, Greg, Jerry and I later took Hooker to recover Mako from the beach,” Levin says.