Imagine going out 27 miles out into the water for some peaceful fishing all alone, and you fall of the boat. This nightmare came true for former NFL fullback Rob Konrad. Konrad was fishing on Riviera Beach off Florida’s Atlantic Coast when a wave hit his boat, sending him overboard. Konrad was not able to catch his boat, and so he began his long journey back to shore.
Per ESPN, Konrad spent 16 hours in the water, eventually being able to swim to Palm Beach which was 27 miles away from the boat. Konrad appreciates how lucky he was, telling reporters, “I shouldn’t be here. I’m grateful and thankful to be here.”
According to Palm Beach Post, Konrad described his incredible survival by saying, “At that point in time, after panicking, I realized I was in real trouble. I was miles out, the boat was on autopilot heading east to the Bahamas, I didn’t have time to get out an SOS call. I knew I was in trouble.”
Konrad continued to say, “At one point, as I swam into the night, there was a fishing boat, a recreational fishing boat, about 50 yards away. I tried to flag down the boat. It didn’t work out. A little bit later on, I saw the Coast Guard (helicopter). They were out, searching the water. At that point in time, it came right over the top of me. They had lights on me, but kept going. That was a difficult time. I realized at that point I was on my own.”
This is an absolutely incredible story and should serve as an example to everyone that no matter how bad the situation is, don’t ever give up.