A young Panamanian hotel worker survived 26 days adrift in Pacific and a Texas man survived 30 hours in the water after boat sinks in Gulf of Mexico in two fatal marine accidents, according to media reports.
An 18-year-old who worked at a seaside hotel in Panama happily took up an offer by two friends to join them on a fishing trip and earn some extra cash.
Twenty-eight days later, Adrian Vasquez was found drifting alone in the 10-foot fishing boat more than 600 miles from where the trio had set out to fish.
His two friends had died and he likely owed his survival to a sudden rainstorm, the Ecuadorean coast guard captain who helped nurse Vasquez back to health said Monday, speaking by phone from San Cristobal island.
In the Gulf of Mexico an angler lost his best friend and spent hours treading water after his fishing boat started to sink.
In the end, Ken Henderson made a decision that saved his life but lost him a best friend. He cut the string connecting their life jackets and swam for help.
“He couldn’t kick his legs to swim anymore and I knew I had a choice,” Henderson told the Conroe Courier of his friend, Ed Coen. “I told him, ‘I need your help,’ or we would both be stranded out here and die.”