Two Bahamian men left for some fishing and ended up floating on the hull of their capsized 20-foot boat — for eight days.
If not for a passing freighter spotting the tiny boat and its nearly lifeless passengers, the Gulf Stream would have carried the men further away to an almost certain death.
“They were really exposed and really deteriorating quickly,” said Coast Guard rescue swimmer Kyle Stallings of the 56- and 57-year-old men. Their names were not released late Sunday.
Stallings said the men were lying in six inches of water on top of the boat and were completely waterlogged. He said their skin was deteriorating, their eyes were droopy and that, when he pinched their skin, it stayed in place for about four seconds, which is a sign of dehydration.