The US Coast Guard protected three fishermen from a pack of sharks. They received medical attention for cold and shark bites after their boat capsized in the Gulf of Mexico. One of the men, whose phone was practically dead, sent a text with their position, which attracted rescuers. For daily delivery of the newest tech news and scoops to your inbox, subscribe to our newsletter. Thank you for registering! After their boat capsized and they were being pursued by “swarming sharks,” the US Coast Guard was able to rescue three fishermen who were trapped in the Gulf of Mexico.
To survive for 24 hours uninterrupted at sea, Son Nguyen, Phong Le, and Luan Nguyen of Louisiana had to ward off sharks.
They were “rescued barely in the nick of time,” according to the Coast Guard.
The Coast Guard stated on Facebook that after their boat capsized and they were left clinging to ice chests, their rescue crew searched more than 1,250 square miles before finding them.
Time was running out for the three guys, who had spent more than 24 hours battling hypothermia and swarming sharks. the Coast Guard said on Facebook.
According to A statement from the US Coast Guard, the soldiers received treatment for hypothermia and shark bites. The University Medical Center in New Orleans received all three of the patients.
Lt. Katy Caraway, co-pilot of US Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans, described the injuries to NBC’s Today by stating that the guys “had many lacerations on their hand, nearly down to the bone, typical of a shark bite and serrated edges indicative of a shark’s tooth puncturing their hands.”
When one of them located mobile service in the middle of the ocean, the group was saved.
With only 2% of his power left, the stranded seaman was able to send his companion “a screenshot of an Apple Maps photo with his geolocation in it, but no information as far as his actual position,” according to Lt. Commander Kevin Keefe. So effectively, he added, “all we were doing was staring at a map with a red dot on it.”
A moment of exhilaration filled the Coastguard search and rescue helicopter when they noticed the men floating in the water defending themselves from four-foot-long blacktip sharks, according to The Post. despite the likelihood of finding the men with such little information.
An “extraordinarily fortunate, once-in-a-lifetime search and rescue effort,” was how Caraway described the operation. It is difficult to determine how many of these missions are successful and how many are not, but in her words to The Post, “I would say that this one is pretty exceptional not only because it was successful but also because the likelihood of finding them was probably very tiny.”
‘It’s tough for us to convey how lucky they were that all these things transpired in their favor and finally, we were able to rescue them,’ Lt. Commander Kevin Keefe said in an interview with Today.