11 OCTOBER 2002: MMM,
Florida man rescued after being lost
Friday, October 4, 2002
Posted: 12:44 PM EDT (1644 GMT)
Carolina (AP) — A Florida man who was lost at sea for more
than two months was rescued
40 miles off the coast, officials said.
Guard reached Terry Watson, 43, around 7 p.m. Thursday. Emaciated and
weak, Watson was suffering
from dehydration, delusion and shock, officials said.
died a month ago,” Watson told The Post and Courier after he was assisted
a Coast Guard rescue
and his 23-foot sailboat called the Psedorca were found 42 miles
southeast of Little River
Inlet, which is located near the North Carolina-South
Carolina border, the Coast
say Watson was last spotted in Miami on July 19. The captain of
another boat said he was
traveling with Watson around the Florida Keys and
reported the boat missing
of more than 8,000 square miles turned up nothing.
aren’t sure how Watson survived. He apparently used his broken mast to
rig a shelter, but Coast
Guard crewmen said they had not been able to talk with
Watson long enough to determine
how long he has been without food and water.
fishing boat captain found Watson and his ship at 1:25 p.m. Thursday
and radioed the Coast Guard
for help, authorities said.
dropped a rescue swimmer near the boat, but Watson refused to leave
helicopter apparently scared him, and he was not in good physical
condition. He could barely
move,” said Coast Guard Petty Officer Scott Carr.
Guard then sent a rescue boat from Georgetown. When it arrived, Watson
again refused to leave his
boat, Carr said.
the crew was prepared to use force to remove him to safety, they
eventually persuaded Watson
to come aboard Thursday evening, Carr said.
at the Winyah Bay Coast Guard Station wearing a black and red life
vest, a thermal underwear
shirt, tattered green pants and brown hiking boots.
he appeared disoriented, giving a rambling answers to questions. Other
times, he appeared more
coherent, the newspaper reported.
Coast Guard is very nice,” Watson said. “I just need some food. I’ll be
right. I wouldn’t mind
having some chocolate pudding.”
was taken to Georgetown Memorial Hospital for observation.