Cooler Saves Two Capsized Fishermen at Sea for Two Days

By Sherley Boursiquot, Epoch Times
April 28, 2016 4:53 pm Last Updated: April 28, 2016 4:53 pm

What was meant to be a 5 hour fishing trip turned into a 2-day ordeal when two fishermen were capsized at sea and their only beacon of hope was their cooler.  

Michael Watkins and Raymond Jacik were expected to return around 1 p.m. Monday from their fishing trip in Galveston Bay. According to CNN, they had problems with their bilge when a rogue wave capsized the vessel.

They did not have enough time to grab anything or put on their life jackets.

As they swam in the water, they found their cooler and clung to it, the U.S. Coast Guard reports.

Inside the cooler was a bottle of water and a sandwich—both men shared the items before they ended up on different gas platforms.

“A Coast Guard Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew spotted one of the men waving his arms at 10:31 a.m. Wednesday, and located the other man on another platform nearby at 10:36 a.m,” the U.S. Coast Guard statement states.

“We never gave up on these two gentlemen, and bringing them home safe to their families is what Coast Guardsmen live to do,” said Capt. Brian Penoyer, the commander of Sector Houston-Galveston.

After rescuing the men, EMS took them to two different hospitals: one to Clear Lake Regional Medical Center and the other to Memorial Herman.

According to the Coast Guard, Watkins and Jacik are in stable condition.