Boater rescued after 24 hours in ocean

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  1. ghostrider

    ghostrider Resident Poltergeist Founding Member

    Boater rescued after 24 hours in ocean

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    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A man who decided to swim to safety after the boat he was on capsized about 15 miles offshore was rescued Sunday after spending 24 hours in the Atlantic Ocean, the <FORM class=yqin action= method=post> </FORM>U.S. Coast Guard said. His four fishing companions also were rescued.
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    The missing fisherman was pulled from the water by an Air Force helicopter shortly after noon about 5 miles east of Mayport, Coast Guard Petty Officer Donnie Brzuska said.
    The man, who was wearing a life jacket, was suffering from hypothermia and was flown to a Jacksonville hospital, Brzuska said. He is expected to survive.
    "Everyone is in good condition and reunited with their families," Brzuska said of the men.
    The five men were fishing in a 17-foot pleasure boat when it began taking on water and capsized about 11 a.m. Saturday, Brzuska said.
    Four of the five men decided to swim for shore. The man who stayed with the capsized boat was rescued by another boater about 6 p.m. Saturday, the Coast Guard said.
    The men who swam for shore were separated overnight. A Coast Guard rescue crew picked up two of them together about 8 a.m. Sunday and found the third a short time later. Rescuers redefined their search based on the position of the three swimmers and found the last man four hours later.
    The boaters' identities weren't released.
  2. TailorMadeHell

    TailorMadeHell Lurking Shadow Creature

    Another save by the Coast Guard. Happy ending? Or were the men actually smuggling drugs up from El Salvador? Haha. Really good to see that the CG are on the beat. I know I'd probably get lost out at sea and I could keep in mind that someone might save me. :D
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