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Man found after being lost at sea for 66 days

By T.K. Randall
April 5, 2015 · Comment icon 26 comments

Jordan stayed alive by catching fish and drinking rainwater. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Kein
Louis Jordan's family had feared the worst after he disappeared off the coast of South Carolina.
Jordan, who had been living in his docked sailboat at a marina in Conway, told his family back in January that he was going to head out in to open waters in order to do some fishing.

"We expected him to come back and he did not return," said his mother Norma Davis. "We knew something happened."

Jordan was eventually reported missing and rescue services scoured the region for any sign of his boat.

It had seemed as though all hope of finding him was lost when he remarkably turned up two months later clinging to the upturned hull of his boat around 200 miles off the coast of North Carolina.
He was soon airlifted to a hospital in Norfolk, Virginia having suffered only a shoulder injury.

"It's amazing," said Davis. "It's been very difficult not knowing anything and I just feel like all of our prayers have come true. They've been answered."

According to reports, Jordan managed to stay alive for an incredible 66 days by eating rations, catching fish and drinking rainwater. His knowledge and experience of seafaring were significant contributing factors, as was the fact that he had stayed in his boat rather than using a life raft.

"We do plan on having a wonderful Easter celebration with family and I can't wait to get him back," said Davis.

Source: Yahoo! News | Comments (26)

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Comment icon #17 Posted by She-ra 9 years ago
You would probably call fourth your dolphin brethren and ride them to safety.. HOW did I miss this before???? Oh yes I would sprout my angel wings and call forth to all my dolphin family to ride to safety! too funny
Comment icon #18 Posted by DefenceMinisterMishkin 9 years ago
He's lucky he didn't meet a legit Megalodon! Just sayin..
Comment icon #19 Posted by She-ra 9 years ago
And he did say he collected and rationed rain water too. He did everything right!
Comment icon #20 Posted by XSAS_Daughter 9 years ago
Crappy weather protects against sunburn as well as brings you rain water All hail crappy weather! But if this is legit, what an experience! Glad he's safe.
Comment icon #21 Posted by Zalmoxis 9 years ago
That is great. I read about this news article and thought myself what it could be like to adrift at sea like this man. Good for him and his family.
Comment icon #22 Posted by Likely Guy 9 years ago
Hmmm. Until he explains why he can walk so well after spending two months on the hull of an overturned boat, I'm going to have to suspend my belief in his ordeal.
Comment icon #23 Posted by Foil Hat Ninja 9 years ago
Something about this story just doesn't add up. Then again, I live about an hour away from "balloon boy," and his family made chumps out of all of us. So unless you chewed your own arm off and have the bloody stump to prove it, I'm going to be at least a little suspicious of any miraculous survival stories.
Comment icon #24 Posted by Delovely5150 9 years ago
Fake or real. I'm glad he made it, it's really amazing, even Jesus didn't abandon him whether he's faking it or not cuz he's still alive and he's got the media's attention. A lot of people want attention. A lot of people want to stay alive.
Comment icon #25 Posted by Sir Smoke aLot 9 years ago
Well he capsized so I guess all that night tech gear went to the bottom of the ocean.. True but i would say that it's important to secure your radio, GPS and internet devices better because getting capsized at ocean is a possibility. Sometimes i feel it is not 2015, because things like this happen. Maybe he can sue company who built his boat, thats a possibility too
Comment icon #26 Posted by Atuke 9 years ago
He's lucky he didn't meet a legit Megalodon! Just sayin.. ROTFLMFAO!

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