Real Life Castaway: FedEx Pilot Survives 20 Hours in the Ocean
It was June 1, the first day of grouper season, and FedEx Pilot Bill Durden was out fishing. He quickly landed two large groupers and was enjoying a beautiful day 25 miles from shore in the Gulf of Mexico.
Moments later he found himself in the water, without a life jacket, watching his boat quickly motor away from him.
It’s easy to panic when there are no boats or land in sight. Instead, Durden’s Navy survival training from 30 years ago immediately came back to him, and he started making a plan.
It would be 20 hours before the U.S. Coast Guard rescued Durden.
Hear his first-hand account of how a dream day at sea quickly turned to nightmare.