Sailor missing 66 days rescued by freighter off Cape Hatteras

By on April 2, 2015


Louis Jordan, left, arriving at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital Thursday night. (USCG Petty Officer 2nd Class Walter Shinn)

Surviving the Graveyard of the Atlantic on a de-masted sailboat adrift since January, a 37-year-old man has been rescued 200 miles east of Cape Hatteras.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard 5th District Command Center in Portsmouth received notification from the 1,085-foot container ship at about 1:30 p.m. that the crew had spotted a man and the vessel and taken him aboard.

A helicopter from Air Station Elizabeth City picked up Louis Jordan from the German-flagged M/V Houston Express and flew him to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.

The News and Observer reported that Jordan had an injured shoulder but had managed to keep himself fed during his months at sea. The N&O quoted Lt. Krystyn Pecora, spokeswoman for the Coast Guard Fifth District, as saying in a phone conversation that he had caught fish and collected rainwater.

Pecora told NBC news that Jordan also rationed food he had onboard and was able to stay out of the elements inside the boat when he needed to.

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According to a Coast Guard news release, Jordan and the sailboat Angel were initially reported missing by his family on Jan. 29. He was last seen Jan. 23 at a marina in Conway, S.C.

Listen to the first conversation Jordan had with his father, Frank, after the rescue:

Listen to Frank Jordan thank the captain of the Houston Express for rescuing his son:

(Audio courtesy U.S. Coast Guard)

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