The Coast Guard helicopter crew who got Louis Jordan of Conway man off a German flagged ship after being lost at sea for 66 days tell their story.Coast Guard Lt. Commander Todd Farrell said they lowered a crew member down on a hoist to get Jordan from the frigate. “We were on and off that boat in like ten minutes,” Farrell said Friday.
Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Kyle McCollum said he was surprised to see that Jordan was in pretty good shape after his ordeal. “You would expect severe sunburn, blisters maybe, a bunch of medical issues that could possibly be wrong with him for not eating for so long, but for him to be in his current was pretty amazing,” McCollum said.
Farrell said it took them two hours to get to the ship to pick up Jordan and that the ship had to travel west toward the coast as they were in route because the helicopter only had so much fuel to travel out and back.
The Coast Guard received notification around 1:30 p.m. Thursday from the ship, that Jordan and his disabled ship had been spotted about 200 miles east of Cape Hatteras.
The helicopter flew Jordan to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, VA around 7:30 p.m.