63-year-old man rescued from Atlantic Ocean after treading water for at least 5 hours

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Tuesday, August 1, 2023
Man rescued from Atlantic Ocean after treading water for 5 hours
A 63-year-old man from Suffolk County was rescued from the Atlantic Ocean after treading water for more than five hours. Lucy Yang has more on the story.

SUFFOLK COUNTY (WABC) -- A 63-year-old man was rescued from the Atlantic Ocean Monday morning after he tread water for over five hours.

Dan Ho, from Copiague, went for a swim around 5 a.m. at Cedar Beach in Babylon Monday, and was pulled out by the current into open water.

After five hours of treading water with no flotation device, Ho found a broken fishing pole in the water. He tied his shirt to the edge of the pole and waved the shirt in the air in attempt to notify passing vessels of his presence.

About two and a half miles south of where Ho had entered the water, two men on a boat spotted him.

Captain Jim Hohorst and his friend Michael Ross had been fishing for striped bass. They were checking the water for bait when they saw something moving.

"He was just treading water, praying some boat would come by," said Ross. "I can tell you, no boats in the area, not for miles."

Hohorst and Ross threw Ho a life ring and helped him aboard.

Ho was conscious, but unable to stand.

"He was blue, (his) body gray," said Ross. "He was shaking, totally hyperthermic. (We) wrapped him in towels."

Responding officers met up with the civilian boat and brought him to the Fire Island Coast Guard Station. Ho was treated by a Coast Guard medic and brought to a local hospital.

As for Hohorst and Ross, they did not catch any striped bass, but they do have a new story to tell.

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