Louis Jordan, 36, was rescued earlier this week after 66 days missing at sea. Jordan’s story of survival is a heroic real-life example of incredible perseverance.
Jordan, an somewhat inexperienced sailor, set out from Conway, South Carolina on January 23 for some time away on a lone fishing trip. His family expected him to return soon, but went days without hearing from him. Jordan’s father reported him missing on January 29. Coast Guard immediately began searching for his boat, a 1950’s single-masted sailboat named “Angel.” However, after days of searching they found nothing and ultimately had to call off the search. Jordan’s family was devastated.
According to Jordan, he feel asleep on the sailboat during rough weather. Next thing he knew, the boat lost its mast and soon capsized. Over the next two months (… TWO MONTHS!!!…can you imagine?), Jordan survived by sitting on the hull of the boat, drinking rain water, and eating mostly seaweed, tiny crabs, and fish he caught. Wow.
Earlier this week, Jordan was spotted by a German cargo ship. He was drifting about 200 miles off the coast of North Carolina. The Coast Guard soon dispatched a helicopter to his location and air-lifted him to safety. Upon arrival, Jordan’s family was beside themselves. His father said, “I’m so glad that you’re alive. We prayed and prayed and we hoped that you were still alive. So, that’s all that matters.”
Jordan is currently recovering from a broken shoulder and dehydration. To learn more, watch the two minute video below from Sky News. We think his story is just incredible!
Here’s our takeaway: You’re stronger than you think you are. Jordan survived for 2 months on the hull of a small sailboat with almost no food or water. So next time it seems like the odds are stacked against you, have hope…you will survive!