This story has been floating around the news the last few days (pun intended).
Last Wednesday, Rob Konrad (former Syracuse University star and Miami Dolphin) was on his 31-foot fishing boat when a large wave hit and he was thrown into the ocean 9 miles from shore (there was a small-craft advisory at the time). His boat was on autopilot and headed east. There were no other boats in sight. Konrad was not wearing a life preserver at the time.
“I realized I was in some real trouble.”
It was 12:30pm. Konrad decided to swim toward shore, estimating it would take more than 10 hours. He began alternating between breaststroke and backstroke.
“Five or six hours in, I realized, ‘Maybe I can do this.'”
Konrad followed the sun during the day and the lights on shore at night.
“I have two beautiful daughters. I was hitting that shore.”
Konrad hit the shore at 4:40am. He had hypothermia, severe dehydration and rhabdo (which can cause renal failure and death).
Diana Nyad described it best:
“At some point, he decides, I could float around here and wait to be saved or I could take action and start the heck swimming. Look at the sun, gauge where east is, and get the freak to shore… that’s what saved him. He took action.”
She added, “That guy had to be tough as nails.”Advertisements