If you fall out of a boat without a life jacket, "sink or swim" is not a metaphor.
A combination of hard work and pure luck saved two boaters off the southern tip of Florida this weekend, when they fell out of their boat and had to tread the cold ocean water for 14 hours, until a passing boat spotted and rescued them.
"It's hard enough to see people in the water, because mainly you see them from their shoulders up," Barney said, noting the pair's lack of emergency devices. "I would definitely say that [their discovery] was luck."
After 14 hours of drifting, Barney said, "What they had was a very mild case of hypothermia, and I believe the male had several jellyfish stings as well, and they were in beginning stages of dehydration."
Barney said he had no information on whether the pair were hospitalized after they were brought to a Coast Guard facility in Ft. Lauderdale. McGovern and Morris could not be reached for comment.
Their boat ended up drifting ashore to a beach on Ft. Lauderdale, carried there by the currents, Barney said.