Thursday, April 25, 2013

Swimming Lessons Pay Off For Siblings

Siblings swim 14 hours to survive boat sinking

Apr 25 2013 
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A brother and sister from the U.S. are recovering in the eastern Caribbean island of St. Lucia after their boat sank during a fishing trip, forcing them to swim almost 14 hours to reach land.
Dan Suski, of San Francisco, and Kate Suski, of Seattle, told The Associated Press Thursday that they thought they would die and never reach shore.
The Suskis said the craft experienced an electrical problem on April 21st and began to take on water, leading them, the captain and the first mate to abandon the sinking boat almost 12 miles (19 kilometers) off St. Lucia's west coast. The two crew members also survived.

The Suskis finally reached land and slept the night curled up together with underbrush to keep warm.  They started walking the following morning and came upon a young farmer, who contacted the police in their behalf.
A photo of the sinking ship was not available, it currently resting at the bottom of the ocean.  However,  the sinking tall ship, HMS Bounty, is depicted in the photo.  It sank during Hurricane Sandy with everyone but the captain surviving.
The Suskis, pictured below, said they are recovering after being hospitalized with severe dehydration and tendinitis. They plan to fly back to Miami on Saturday to meet with their father.

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