37-year-old sailor Louis Jordan was reported by his family as missing on January 29th, and the Coast Guard had called off searching for him on February 12th. Two months later, he is rescued aboard his disabled vessel by a German-flagged container ship passing by, about 200 miles off the coast of North Carolina. Kemplon Engineering takes a closer look at this incredible survival story.
It is an ordeal that would test the mettle of even the strongest of men. Louis Jordan had set off on a fishing trip on the 23rd of January aboard the 35-foot Alberg, Angel. He was last seen at a marina in South Carolina before he went missing. During this fateful fishing trip, his boat capsized and drifted away from the coast. He injured his collarbone and lost many important equipment, including his captain’s log and GPS devices. However, he managed to survive by eating pancakes, catching fish, and drinking and carefully rationing out rain water. The survivors’ father, Frank Jordan, also credits his son’s faith and prayers as vital to his incredible survival.
The Houston Express, a 1,085-foot, Hapag-Lloyd container ship, spotted him and his disabled vessel and took him aboard. Crew then notified the US Coast Guard, which med-evaced Jordan to a hospital in Norfolk, Virginia by helicopter, and connected him with his family. The lucky survivor is described as being in good condition—he was even able to walk into the hospital for treatment.
We at Kemplon Engineering are very happy to report on this incredible – some would say even miraculous- story of survival. It is an inspiring tale that provides hope for many. We wish Louis Jordan and his loving family well as he recovers from this harrowing ordeal, and we salute the heroic and generous efforts of all who were involved in his search and rescue.
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^ Image: Screen capture. “Louis Jordan: How He Survived 66 Days at Sea.” ABC News, 03 Apr 2015. Web. 10 Apr 2015. http://abcnews.go.com/US/man-rescued-coast-guard-survived-66-days-sea/story?id=30081274