As Justo Lopez Jr. bobbed cold and alone in the 60-degree Delaware Bay a few miles from land for nearly seven hours, he made his peace with God and cried.
“I knew I was going to die. There was no hope for me,” Lopez, 52, told The Press of Atlantic City on Wednesday.
Lopez and his two friends, Keith Dunn and John Cortez, survived a boat wreck that started as a leisurely fishing trip Oct. 15, 2005.
This year he penned a self-published memoir about the experience, “Ray of Hope: The Justo Lopez Jr. Story.”