A 51-year-old Texas sailor who fell overboard his Hobie Cat on Saturday night swam approximately three miles to shore after he was unable to reboard his boat.
The sailor credits his survival to wearing a life jacket.
“This goes to show that a life jacket can and will save your life,” Petty Officer 1st Class Raymond Clemons, an operations specialist at Sector Houston-Galveston, said in a Coast Guard statement. “The important thing in this case is that the man not only had a life jacket on board but made sure he was utilizing it. That is what saved his life.”