Sailor rescued off North Carolina coast after being lost at sea for 66 days

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Norfolk, Va. – The last time Frank Jordan spoke with his son, Louis Jordan was fishing on a sailboat a few miles off the South Carolina coast.

The next time he spoke with him, more than two months had passed and the younger Jordan was on a German-flagged container ship 200 miles from North Carolina, just rescued from his disabled boat.

“I thought I lost you,” the relieved father said.

Louis Jordan (WTKR)
Louis Jordan (WTKR)

37-year-old Louis took his 35-foot sailboat Angel out in late January and hadn’t been heard from in 66 days when he was spotted Thursday afternoon by the ship Houston Express on his boat drifting in the Atlantic Ocean.

The sailboat capsized three separate times and suffered a broken mast during the ordeal.

“You’re laying down in bed and all of a sudden BOOM! out of nowhere like a huge cannonball wave just pounds right next to your head. Like right next to where I was laying,” said Jordan. “It’s really disturbing. It’s really unsettling. Your nerves are like ‘Whoa’ You want to say every swear word you know and pray with all your might. ‘Please save me’ over and over.”

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