Former NFL Play Swims Nine Miles to Safety
by Sasha Mazikins
Rob Konrad, who ironically is a former player for the Miami Dolphins, says that he swam for 16 hours after falling off of a boat last week.
Konrad was out fishing and his boat was on auto-pilot when a wave hit his boat and sent him overboard. At 38 years old, he was stuck in the middle of the ocean without any floating devices or navigation.
He swam towards the west, towards the shore, for a whopping 9 miles. He alternated breast-stroke and back-stroke, knowing that he was merely miles away from risking hypothermia.
According to CNN, Konrad had to hold back his tears while explaining this ungodly experience, saying that he faced a stinging jelly-fish as well as a shark.
During this journey Konrad was almost found, twice. He attempted to approach a fishing vessel but no one heard his screams. In addition to that, a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter that was searching for him flew right over him.
“That was a difficult time. I realized at that point in time … I was on my own.” said Konrad to CNN.
Konrad finally hit the shore on Thursday, January 8th, and a security guard notified the police who then took him to the hospital where he was treated for hypothermia, dehydration, and rhabdomyolysis.