Having worked as a commercial fisherman his entire life, Carl Crittenden knew just how close he was.
Crittenden, 60, of Eureka, Calif., had been swimming toward shore in Humboldt Bay for about 40 minutes after his boat capsized Sunday afternoon. Fully clothed, he began struggling, and his drive to reach shore began to wane.
”I was going,” Crittenden recalled Monday in a phone interview from his room at St. Joseph Hospital. “I was right there at the end. When I started feeling warm and not caring, that's when I saw the boat. It was quite a ways away, but I had just enough left to scream bloody murder.”