After spending more than two months missing on the open sea, a man was rescued from his disabled sailboat on Thursday afternoon, 200 miles off the North Carolina coast.
The U.S. Coast Guard said Louis Jordan, 37, was spotted sitting on the overturned hull of his 35-foot sailboat by a German-flagged container ship at approximately 1.30 p.m. He was later evacuated by a helicopter to a local hospital in Norfolk, Va.
Jordan was first reported missing on Jan. 29, after telling relatives days earlier that the he was planning on “going into the open water to sail and do some fishing,” reports the Associated Press.
However, his family says they always held out hope that he would be found alive.
“He’s got very strong constitution,” Francis Jordan, Louis’s father, told CNN. “And he told me on the phone that he was praying the whole time, so I believe that sustained him a great deal.”
Despite injuring his shoulder and suffering from dehydration, Jordan reportedly told his father by phone that he’s “doing fine now.”