Man collected rainwater to survive 66 days at sea

This is raw video from Good Morning America interview with rescued boater Louis Jordan.

PORTSMOUTH -- "I had many moments where I thought I was going to die." admits 37-year-old Louis Jordan.

It's an amazing story of survival.

Jordan, who'd been missing for more than two months was rescued Thursday after he was found 200 miles off the coast of North Carolina, the Coast Guard said.

Jordan and his boat Angel were reported missing by his family on January 29. He'd sailed from a marina in Conway, S.C. on January 23.

"I was planning on going out to get some fish and come back," he told Good Morning America. "I didn't plan on it taking that long."

He admitted he doesn't plan on going out on a boat any time soon, at least not far from shore into the ocean.

The German-flagged motor vessel Houston Express was off Cape Hatteras when the crew spotted Jordan and his disabled boat and took him aboard.

The Coast Guard released audio of the emotional phone call between Louis and his father, Frank Jordan. It was the first time since the ordeal started that the two had spoken.

Jordan's father thanked the captain of the Houston Express for saving his son.

"This is a beautiful world if everybody would just do the right thing, it would be great for all of us," he said.

Coast Guard spokesperson Lt Krystyn Pecora said Jordan survived eating the food he had on his boat, by collecting rain water and using a net to catch fish. She said he managed to stay hydrated by going inside his boat's cabin a lot.

"Sometimes I had to wade through water up to my thigh because the cabin was so full of water and I had to bail hundreds of gallons out. There was often days of rain, nonstop rain, and I couldn't just dry out my clothes and my blankets," Jordan explained.

Details about how Jordan went missing are to be determined.

"(There's) no reason to question what happened and we'll get more information when they (investigators) can speak to him."

Jordan left Bucksport Plantation Marina in Conway, S.C., on Jan. 23, destination unknown, Chief Petty Officer Ryan Doss told USA TODAY from the Miami district office.

On Jan. 29, his father called that office to say he had not heard from his son in the past week and asked whether the Coast Guard had any information.

Pecora said there were conflicting reports on whether Jordan's boat capsized, but she said the boat was upright when they found it.

A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew launched from Air Station Elizabeth City in North Carolina around 3:40 p.m.

The helicopter met the Houston Express, hoisted Jordan into the chopper and flew him to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, landing there around 7:30 p.m.

Pecora stated Jordan injured his shoulder but didn't explain how that happened.

Sentara spokesman Dale Gauding confirmed to 13News Now that Jordan was in good condition when he arrived.

Jordan was released from the hospital overnight. His family traveled to Norfolk to be with him.

Listen below as Frank Jordan thanks the captain of the vessel that saved his son.

Louis lived and worked at the Bucksport Marina for about four months, according to Jeff Weeks, the marina's manager, told WPDE-TV.

"We said if anybody could it, it'd be Louis. He was a survivalist. He captured his own rain water to drink. He caught all of his fish that he ate. He was sort of self-reliant."

Weeks said Jordan's father told him that Louis will likely return to Bucksport Marina to live.


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