Published on : Monday, June 23, 2014
It was a miraculous escape for the couple, Sean McGovern, 50, and Mellisa Morris, 52, who swam 10 nautical miles in sea water and managed to stay alive after being found by coast guards, 7 miles from shore.
Off duty safety guards went fishing off the coast of Florida on Saturday 21.06.14 morning, when they found a man and a woman splashing in water. After being rescued, the couple told the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, that they had been 14 hours in water.
They’d fallen off their boat in Key Largo about 6 p.m. Friday 20.06.14. The boat was in gear, and they watched it pull away from them, the sheriff’s department said. The couple had no signals and only waved their T-Shits signalling to people and hoping to be located. It was a by sheer luck that the couple were located and rescued by off-duty cops and a firefighter.
It was at 8.00pm that two officers from the Sheriff’s office heard splashes in water and when they got closed they found fish jumping and a white male flagging his t-shirt. The exhausted couple was rescued in a boat. They were tired after drifting 10 nautical miles and appeared to have mild hypothermia and jellyfish stings, the sheriff’s department said.
The fishermen passed them over to the Coast Guard, which carried them to the Fort Lauderdale Coast Guard station. Friends picked them up there.
A lot of people don’t wear life jackets as they do not intend to be in water but situations like these can arise at any point causing fatal consequences. The couple were saved out of plain luck.
The boat later drifted the beach in Fort Lauderdale.