In late January, 36-year-old Louis Jordan set off by himself from the coast of South Carolina on a deep-sea fishing trip aboard his aging, single-masted sailboat.
On January 29th, Jordan was reported missing by his father. A search was launched, but after 10 days and no sign of the boat or its lone occupant, the Coast Guard abandoned its efforts to find Louis Jordan.
For more than two months, the missing man’s fate was unknown. Then, on Thursday, after some 66 days at sea, Jordan and his badly damaged boat were spotted by a commercial vessel some 200 miles east of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.
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A Coast Guard helicopter airlifted the rescued sailor to a hospital in Virginia, where he was found to be in remarkably good condition, despite his harrowing ordeal.
Jordan explained that his boat capsized during a violent storm that damaged his electronics, including his radio. But he was able to survive on rainwater, raw fish, and by clinging to his badly damaged sailboat — a vessel named “Angel.”
You can watch an NBC News report on the miracle rescue of Louis Jordan by clicking on the video above.
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