MIAMI -- Two men are in a South Florida hospital Monday after surviving an ordeal on the open sea. They were stranded atop their capsized boat, with no food or water, for more than a week.
The unidentified men were adrift and running out of time when a cargo ship spotted them clinging to their overturned boat, and called for help.
Lt. Jarod Glover, a U.S. Coast Guard pilot, said, "When we first saw them we had no idea how long they'd been out there. It wasn't until moments later when we'd gotten word that they'd in fact been out there for eight days in that situation."
A Coast Guard rescue team found the Bahamian boaters stranded in the middle of the Gulf Stream, approximately 30 miles off shore, between Florida and the Bahamas.
Once there, the Coast Guard lowered rescue swimmer, Kyle Stallings. "I swam over, and you could see they were excited," Stallings said. "They definitely were on their last ray of hope and they were ready to get off that boat."
He says they were dehydrated and were suffering from hypothermia: "You could see it in their skin, you could see it in their eyes, you could see it in their hands.
Using a rescue basket, the crew hoisted the two survivors up to the chopper flying overhead. Stalling said, "One of the gentlemen was saying his prayers, crying."