Here’s a positive and inspirational story for your Good Friday afternoon. Louis Jordan, 36, was lost at sea for 66 days but has since made it back home safely.
Jordan took his single-masted sailboat “Angel” on a fishing trip towards the Gulf Stream and was reported missing about a week later on January 29th.
The self-described “inexperienced” sailor’s boat capsized when he was asleep.
From NBC News:
The whole boat had turned around and I was flying through the air somersaulting and the ceiling was the floor and the floor was the ceiling and this side was the other side and everything was upside down and backwards. I was just rolling around with all the things, all the objects, all my possessions and electronics and GPS and even my stove had come off of the wall and was flying in the air with me. We’re all just turning around together and I land against the wall and I break my shoulder.”
With his mast and communication damaged, Jordan having not filed a float plan, was in complete survival mode. He rationed food he had packed for the trip, caught fish with a net, drank rain water, and read the Bible from cover to cover for inspiration. He was eventually discovered by a German container ship 200 miles off the coast of North Carolina.
Louis Jordan is ten times the man I’ll ever be. It was hard enough being a spectator for two hours of Robert Redford going through his whole ordeal in “All Is Lost,” so there’s no way I’m making it anywhere close to 66 days on my own in the real life scenario. “Rationing food” just isn’t in my wiring and my delusional ego would be convinced I could swim back to shore no matter the distance. I’m either getting shit out of a shark or slowly dog paddling myself to death within twenty minutes..
[via NBC News]