South Carolina Man Saved After 66 Days at Sea

Container ship spotted him 200 miles off coast
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 3, 2015 1:00 AM CDT
Updated Apr 3, 2015 7:53 AM CDT
Louis Jordan, second from left, walks from the Coast Guard helicopter to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, Va., yesterday.   (AP Photo/The Virginian-Pilot, Steve Earley)
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(Newser) – This is going to be a good Friday indeed for Louis Jordan and his family: The South Carolina man was rescued yesterday after 66 days lost at sea. The Houston Express container ship contacted the Coast Guard after it spotted his sailboat drifting in the Atlantic Ocean around 200 miles off the coast of North Carolina, reports CNN. A Coast Guard helicopter took Jordan from the container ship to a hospital in Virginia, where he was treated for a shoulder injury. The 37-year-old, who calls himself an inexperienced sailor, says that after his boat capsized in rough weather, the mast was broken and all electronics were disabled, WAVY reports. He was apparently able to right the boat, because CNN notes that Jordan says it capsized two more times before he was finally spotted; the AP reports that he was ultimately found sitting on its overturned hull.

The Coast Guard says Jordan, who was reported missing by his family on Jan. 29, survived by rationing the food he had on board, catching fish in a net, and drinking rainwater. In audio released by the Coast Guard, Jordan's father tells him the family "prayed and we prayed, and we hoped that you were still alive," WAVY reports. Jordan replies: "I was just praying about you, 'cause I was afraid that you guys were crying and sad that I was dead." "We were," his father says. "I thought I lost you." Jordan's father also thanked the ship captain who spotted his son. "You're a good man," he says, according to ABC News. "I'm grateful for the system that we have." (Another man lost at sea survived by clinging to a foam cooler.)

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