On July 24, 2013, Coast Guard Station Montauk, N.Y., confirmed commercial fisherman John Aldridge had been rescued after he was found floating 43 miles south of Montauk Point. He had used his boot to trap air and help keep him afloat.
His boat was five miles off of Montauk Point. Aldridge is being treated for exposure, hypothermia and dehydration. The Coast Guard was assisted by a large contingency of commercial fishing vessels.
Aldridge was a crewmember of the commercial fishing vessel Anna Mary.
In a lengthy profile by The New York Times, Aldridge recounts how his “stupid move” while alone on deck nearly cost him his life.