Missing angler rescued from Atlantic after 24
hours at sea
October 3rd 2006 2:35pm
JACKSONVILLE, FLa. - A man who decided to swim to safety after the boat he was
on capsized about 15 miles offshore was rescued Sunday after spending 24 hours
in the Atlantic Ocean, the U.S. Coast Guard said. His four fishing companions
also were rescued.
Daughtry, 27, was pulled from the water by an Air Force helicopter shortly after
noon about 5 miles east of Mayport, Coast Guard Petty Officer Donnie Brzuska
The man, who was
wearing a life jacket, had hypothermia and was flown to a Jacksonville hospital,
Brzuska said. He is expected to survive.
is in good condition and reunited with their families," Brzuska said.
men were fishing in a 17-foot pleasure boat when it began taking on water and
capsized about 11 a.m. Saturday, Brzuska said.
Mike Vitko, 27; John Hodgkiss, 22; and Travis Britt, 22, put on life jackets and
swam for shore, Brzuska said. Chip Bloomer, 40, stayed with the capsized boat
and was rescued by another boater about 6:45 p.m. Saturday.
who swam for shore were separated overnight. A Coast Guard rescue crew picked up
Hodgkiss and Britt together about six miles from shore around 8:20 a.m. Sunday,
Brzuska said. Ten minutes later, a Navy helicopter spotted Vitko about three
miles offshore and guided a rescue boat in to pick him up.
redefined their search grid based on the position of the three swimmers and
spotted Daughtry about four hours later. A total of six helicopters, a Navy
search plane and two rescue boats participated in the search.