I bet he isn’t going to eat sushi for his first meal on land.
A 37-year-old South Carolina man was rescued Thursday after spending more than two months alone in a sailboat at sea, living on fish and rainwater, the U.S. Coast Guard said.
The crew of the Houston Express, a German-flagged ship, reported to the Coast Guard that they found Louis Jordan and his sailboat Angel around 1:30 p.m. Thursday, approximately 200 miles east of Cape Hatteras N.C.
A Coast Guard helicopter flew out to the Express and took him to a Norfolk, Va. hospital, where he was treated for an injured shoulder, The News & Observer reported.
“From what he told us on the phone, he was catching fish and collecting rain water and drinking it,” Coast Guard spokeswoman Lt. Krystyn Pecora told the paper.
“I’m so glad you’re alive,” Frank Jordan, Louis’ father, told him in a phone call Thursday, according to audio released by the Coast Guard. “We prayed, and prayed, and hoped you were still alive.”
“I thought I lost you,” the emotional dad added.
Jordan had been living on his docked sailboat at the Bucksport Plantation Marina in Conway, S.C., until January, when he told his family he was “going into the open water to sail and do some fishing,” said his mother, Norma Davis, of Jacksonville, N.C. The family had not heard from him since, she said.
“We expected him to come back and he did not return,” Davis said in a telephone interview. “We knew something happened. To us it’s just a miracle. We’re just so thrilled that he was found alive.”
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