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Old 01-04-2014, 10:16 AM
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Default Man Overboard: Lucky to be Alive

Good read for a cold day:

The sun rose on John Aldridge at about 5:30 on the morning of July 24. He was cold, thirsty and tired — he’d been awake for 24 hours — but he was still alive and afloat. Now that it was light, he gave himself a new assignment: find a buoy. To most people, the Atlantic Ocean 40 miles south of Montauk is just a big, undifferentiated expanse of waves, but Aldridge knew roughly where he fell overboard — a few miles south of the 40-fathom curve. And he knew that several lobster fishermen had trawls nearby — he knew them by name, in fact. Each lobster trawl is a string of 30 to 50 traps, spaced 150 feet apart at the bottom of the ocean, and at the end of each string, a rope extends up from the last trap to the surface, where it is tied to a big round vinyl buoy. If Aldridge could make his way to a buoy, he figured, he would be more visible to the searchers, and it would be easier to stay afloat.

John Aldridge fell overboard in the middle of the night, 40 miles from shore, and the Coast Guard was looking in the wrong place. How did he survive?

New York Times Magazine

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Old 01-06-2014, 12:45 PM
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What a story - and what a man to be able to tell it.
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Old 01-16-2014, 11:28 AM
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Default Re: Man Overboard: Lucky to be Alive

Truly, quite a traumatic experience. I can only hope if I'm ever faced with a similar dilemma I would fare 1/2 as well. The sea gives but she also takes. Never take her generosity lightly, or without giving thanks of your own.
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