Lobsterman Rescued After 12 Hours of Floating on Boots in Atlantic

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Friday, 26 Jul 2013 10:18 AM

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A lobsterman who survived 12 hours in the Atlantic Ocean after falling off his boat was rescued Wednesday, and he may have his rubber boots to thank.

Long Island lobsterman John Aldridge was rescued Wednesday when the Coast Guard found him floating in the ocean off of Montauk Point, about 40 miles from where he tumbled off the 44-foot lobster boat Anna Mary at about 3 in the morning, The Associated Press reported.

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Aldridge, 45, was treated at a hospital in Falmouth, Mass., for dehydration, exposure, and hypothermia and released Thursday morning. Relatives drove him back to Long Island, where he arrived mid-afternoon to hugs from his parents and relatives, including young nephew Jake, who peppered him with questions about his experience.

"Shot" is how Aldridge described his overall condition, noting he had yet to get much sleep.

Aldridge, who has been a lobsterman for 19 years working out of Montauk, said he was preparing for a day of fishing when he attempted to move a beverage cooler.

"The handle broke off and I fell off the back of the boat. Just like that," he told reporters during a news conference outside his parents' home in Oakdale. "I just watched the boat float away."

Aldridge said while he had read books and articles about survival techniques, instincts really took over.

He noticed his calf-length rubber boots were allowing his feet to float higher in the water than his head, so he took off the boots, turned them upside down and filled them with air. He placed one under each arm and used them as flotation devices.

"Once I did that, I was good to go," he said. "The water was warm, my head was above water, so I was floating and I knew I had to conserve energy and that was it, I floated for hours."

He was able to see other boats in the area looking for him and noticed planes and helicopters overhead, but he just drifted for hours, he said.

"I saw everybody looking for me, and no one saw me," Aldridge said.

At about midafternoon Wednesday, he noticed a Coast Guard jet flying overhead; about 30 minutes later, a Coast Guard helicopter was hovering and soon a swimmer was in the water helping him.

"We've been looking for you for nine hours," Aldridge said the rescuer told him. He countered, "I've been looking for you for 12 hours."

While he was adrift, he said, his thoughts were of family and friends back home.

"I was like, 'There's no way I'm dying this way.' I was like, 'This is how I gotta go?' No way," Aldridge said. "So I just put my head to thinking survival mode and I wasn't dying that way. Dying wasn't an option."

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