2 Men Survive 40 Hours in Gulf of Mexico
Two fishermen whose boat capsized in the Gulf of Mexico survived nearly two days and nights drifting at sea before one of them climbed the leg of an offshore oil platform.
The men were rescued early Friday after drifting more than 20 miles over the course of about 40 hours, first aboard a small area of the boat's underside and then buoyed by life jackets.
Aaron Pilcher, 29, and Michael Prahm Jr., 27, embarked on their trip Wednesday morning from Freeport, 55 miles south of Houston. They motored their 23-foot-long boat to a popular fishing site about 36 miles offshore.
They noticed the boat was taking on water at about noon. The boat capsized just as they turned on the radio to try to call for help.
The men grabbed two heavy-duty life jackets and three small bottles of water as they scrambled onto the part of the boat still sticking out of the water.
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