What Did You Do This Week? This Dude Swam Five Hours To Save His Family

Featured, News — July 12, 2013 at 10:10 pm by

Maryland man swam for five hours to find help for his family after their  boat capsized in a fierce storm. John Franklin Riggs, 46, left four family members — including two children —  clinging to a 16-foot skiff near Deal Island, Md., for nearly eight hours. “Our legs were getting stung over and over again by the jellyfish. We had  cuts and bruises. My son was crying. Waves kept crashing over our heads,” Riggs’  sister Contessa Riggs, 43, told ABC News. He hustled over rocks in the dark when he reached the shore. But he was so  tired he could barely walk. Riggs practically crawled to the nearest house he saw to knock on the front  door about 1 a.m. Wednesday. Homeowner Angela Byrd awoke to her dog’s barking. She found Riggs barefoot  and drenched, reported the Daily Times.  “I’ve been swimming since sundown; I need help,” Riggs told her.  She contacted 911 and Deal Island Fire Chief Donald Ford. Rescue workers  rushed to the family in boats and helicopters. The family was still alive thanks  to life preservers, according to Maryland Natural Resources Police Sgt. Brian  Albert. [NY Daily News]

Michael Phelps hasn’t got anything on this guy.  Mike swims in a pristine Olympic sized pool, fucks around and wins some medals.  Big deal.  This dude flips over in a boat in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay during a raging storm.  With his sister, nephew, niece, and dad clinging to the overturned boat for dear life, ol’ John Riggs realizes the dilemma and starts churning for the shore.  Five hours later he reaches shore.  Think about that for a second.  Five hours.  The only thing I can do for five hours straight is watch NFL football.  Hell, plenty of Americans can’t even walk for five hours, much less swim.  A true hero for real, this guy deserves some sort of medal.  If I was Phelps I’d give him one of my gold ones.

Ok start swimming.

Ok start swimming.

 

 

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