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Thursday 17 August 2017

Missing for two months, sailor found alive on hull of boat

A man whose family reported him missing at sea more than two months ago was found floating on the overturned hull of his sailboat 200 miles off the east coast of the United States yesterday.

Coast Guard officials in Portsmouth, Virginia, said they received word from a German container ship at about 1.30pm, indicating they spotted a man and his sailboat approximately 200 miles east of Cape Hatteras.

A Coast Guard helicopter crew from North Carolina flew to the ship and airlifted Louis Jordan to a hospital in Norfolk, Virginia.

She said Mr Jordan (37) had a shoulder injury but she did not have any additional information about his condition.

Chief Petty Officer Ryan Doss said Mr Jordan’s 35ft sailboat had lost its mast and capsized. The container ship crew said it found Jordan sitting on the hull.

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Louis Jordan, second from left, walks from the Coast Guard helicopter to the Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, Va., after being found off the North Carolina coast, Thursday, April 2, 2015

Mr Doss said Jordan told them he collected rain water and ate fish he caught to survive.

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Louis Jordan, right, walks from the Coast Guard helicopter to the Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, Va., after being found off the North Carolina coast, Thursday, April 2, 2015. His family says he sailed out of a marina in Conway, S.C., on Jan. 23, and hadn't been heard from since. (AP Photo/The Virginian-Pilot, Steve Earley)

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