CAPE HATTERAS, NC/PORTSMOUTH, VA (WECT) - A South Carolina man missing for more than two months who was located off Cape Hatteras Thursday has been reunited with his family in eastern North Carolina.
Our affiliate WITN reports Louis Jordan and his mother, Norma Davis, arrived at her home in Jacksonville Friday afternoon. The 37-year-old was released from a hospital in Norfolk Friday morning, just one day after his rescue.
According to the Coast Guard, a German ship spotted Jordan and his sailboat about 200 miles off the coast around 1:30 p.m. Thursday. They took him aboard and notified the Coast Guard.
Jordan was reported missing by his family on January 29. He had last been seen at the Bucksport Marina in Conway, South Carolina on January 23.
After he was located, Louis Jordan spoke to his father, Frank Jordan, for the first time in more than two months in an emotional telephone call. Audio from the call was later released by the Coast Guard.
"I haven't heard you in so long," Louis Jordan tells his father. "Oh man, it's nice to hear your voice," Frank says. "People have been praying for you."
Jordan said to his father: "I couldn't fix it, I couldn't sail back with my boat — I'm so sorry, it's such a huge loss."
"Hey Louis, you're fine, son, I'm so glad that you're alive," Frank Jordan replies. "We prayed and prayed and we hoped that you were still alive. So, that's all that matters."
According to NBC affiliate WAVY, Jordan was traveling north when his sailboat, Angel, hit rough weather. Jordan said a wave crashed into his sailboat filling it with water and eventually capsizing it. Jordan said all his on board electronics were disabled, he also said he might have broken his shoulder.
Jordan allegedly survived by drinking rain water and eating raw fish, the Coast Guard said.
A Coast Guard MH-60 Jay hawk crew transported Jordan to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. He arrived around 7:30 p.m. and was able to walk into the hospital on his own, according to WAVY.
Jordan sat down with reporters just after midnight Friday and discussed his nightmarish ordeal with WAVY.
"I rationed my water to where I had drunk about a pint a day. For such a long a time I was so thirsty. And I was almost out of water, and everyday I was like please God send me some rain, send me some water. Begging God, please. And finally right before I ran out of water, finally the conditions were perfect." Jordan said.
Around 1:30 p.m. Thursday, the German container ship Houston Express spotted Jordan aboard his disabled sailboat. Jordan, not believing the ship was real at first, began to send signals to the ship, finally grabbing the crews attention after he started waving his arms.
"I saw a bigger boat and it had its back to me or front to me as far as I could tell and I waved my hands real slowly, and that's the signal 'I'm in distress help me.' I blew my whistles. I had three whistles. They never heard them." Louis Jordan said. "I turned my American flag upside down and put that up. That says, 'rescue me.' They never saw it. All they saw was this [hands]."
Jordan's sister, Casey Radley, lives right here in Wilmington and discussed the roller coaster of emotion her and her family experienced during the ordeal.
"I dreamed of this, and every time you wake up, you know he was alive in my dream, and now for this to happen. It's like my dream, but it's real," said Radley. "I definitely went through the grief and went through a roller coaster of emotions and finally felt like I was coming to peace with his passing. And just realizing it is what it is. So to have this news...it just came out of nowhere and makes it so much more amazing."