West Palm Beach, FL, United States (4E) – Two Bahamanians are recuperating from dehydration and hypothermia in a Florida hospital on Monday after they were rescued atop their capsized boat in the open sea.
The survivors, who were not named, were flown to the Delray Medical Center Saturday, when U.S. Coast Guards plucked them in the middle of the Gulf Stream, approximately 30 miles off shore, between Florida and the Bahamas. Both have been stranded for eight days without food and water.
A cargo ship spotted the 56- and 57-year-old men on top of their capsized boat and called the 7th Coast Guard District. Three Coast Guard officers aboard a helicopter for a flight training received the distress call at 3 p.m. and flew to the emergency site. A Coast Guard swimmer lowered to the two men found them severely dehydrated and shaking from hypothermia.
The men were then lifted to the helicopter and brought to the hospital.
The victims told the rescuers they were on a fishing trip when their boat capsized.
The rescuers said the men could have drifted farther and not survive had they not been found on Saturday.