Missing Sailor Rescued After 66 Days at Sea

On Thursday, April 2, the U.S. Coast Guard medevaced a man from freighter after he had been found drifting on his overturned sailboat approximately 200 miles off North Carolina. Louis Jordan, 37, and the 35’ sailing vessel Angel were initially reported missing to the Coast Guard on January 29.

COAST GUARD MEDEVACS SAILOR MISSING FOR MORE THAN 60 DAYS
COAST GUARD MEDEVACS SAILOR MISSING FOR MORE THAN 60 DAYS

At approximately 1:30 p.m., Watchstanders at the Coast Guard 5th District Command Center in Portsmouth, VA, received notification from the 1,085’ German-flagged container ship Houston Express, indicating that the crew had spotted a man sitting atop an overturned vessel, and had taken him aboard.

A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew launched from Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina, at approximately 3:40 p.m. Upon locating the Houston Express, the helicopter crew hoisted Jordan aboard and transported him to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, VA, arriving at approximately 7:30 p.m. Jordan appeared in good shape and was able to walk off the helicopter.

According to a report in The Guardian, Jordan apparently had sailed offshore on January 23 from his South Carolina marina to do some fishing aboard his 1950’s era sailboat, but failed to return. His father reported him missing on January 29, and a search was initiated on February 8. The search was abandoned after 10 days.

The Guardian, Jordan told Coast Guard officials that he had survived by eating rations aboard the boat and catching fish.

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