Alone on a life raft for two days

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sailor Robert Brake had a close call last Friday when the Coast Guard rescued him off the coast of Portsmouth, Va., after he was drifting on a life raft for two days, according to the Coast Guard.

Brake, 60, abandoned his sailboat June 4 when he woke up in his cabin and found himself knee-deep in water. He states he had just enough time to inflate the life raft and get himself in it, forced to leave his EPIRB, food, water and everything else on the sinking boat, according to the report.

The Coast Guard began their search June 6 when the crew on the cruise ship Grandeur of the Seas spotted a capsized sailboat June 5 about 102 miles off Cape Lookout, N.C., and notified authorities. A C-130 aircrew from Elizabeth City, N.C., dispatched to investigate the area. They spotted the covered life raft and, after a few low flights, realized there was a person in it.

Brake was hoisted from the raft by a rescue basket via an MH-60 Jayhawk that arrived shortly thereafter and was flown to CarteretCountyHospital in Morehead City, N.C. He was treated for mild hypothermia and dehydration and then released, according to the report. There has been no indication whether Brake will attempt to salvage his vessel.

? Elizabeth Ellis