Man Survives 66 Days at Sea in Damaged Sailboat

Louis Jordan survived 66 days at sea. He was missing for over two months before being rescued on Thursday 200 miles off the North Carolina coast, said the Coast Guard.

Jordan, who is 37 and from Conway, South Carolina said there were moments when he thought he would die.

He was living on his sailboat in a marina in Conway through January 23 when he told family members he was taking his boat out to fish in the open water, said Norma Davis, his mother.

The family did not hear from him after that and on January 29, they reported him missing. He told reporters after being found that he planned to fish and then return, but did not plan on it taking so long.

Instead, he said his boat broke down. Jordan survived by eating food that he already had on board, by collecting the rainwater in buckets and by using a net he had to catch fish, said a spokesperson from the Coast Guard.

He was able to remain hydrated by entering the boat’s cabin very often. Sometimes, he said he waded through water up to his thigh due to the cabin filling with water and he would have to bail gallon after gallon.

Often times he said there was non-stop rain and he could not dry clothes or blankets. The Houston Express a container ship out of Germany spotted Jordan on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. 200 miles to the east of North Carolina’s Cape Hatteras.

The details about how the sailor went missing are under investigation. There is not any reason to question whether what he says happened or not, but the Coast Guard would like to have some other information

Jordan’s sailboat, which is 35 feet long lost its mast and had capsized, said the Coast Guard. However, the boat when found by rescuers was upright.

Jordan reported that he had hurt his shoulder, but did not go into details about how and was released from a Virginia hospital early Friday after arriving Thursday evening.

Alerts were issued from Miami north to New Jersey for Jordan after he was reported missing. Officials also scoured through financial data trying to determine if Jordan had come ashore without anyone noticing but did not find an indication that had happened.

 

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