2 Men Float Ashore After Spending Days Adrift At Sea

BOCA RATON, Fla. (CBS Tampa/AP) — Authorities say two men floated ashore in South Florida after spending at least three days adrift at sea.

Boca Raton Fire Rescue spokesman Frank Correggio says the men were drifting in a small boat after their larger boat sank sometime after departing from Islamorada on Friday.

The Coast Guard says the larger boat capsized in heavy waves and sank 12 miles off an island in the Bahamas.

Mike Ayres, 46, captain of the boat, told the Orlando Sun Sentinel that the 41-foot yacht struck something in the ocean and started to take on water.

“We did everything we could to save it,” Ayres told the paper.

Ayres said he and a 19-year-old who was on board began to hallucinate after spending days in the water.  He also told the Sun Sentinel that he fired more than a dozen flares while boats were around but no one responded.

“It was like the perfect storm of not being able to get a boat to help us,” he told the paper.

Ayres said they survived on water, chocolate chip cookies and crackers.

Both were hospitalized Tuesday morning. Corregio says they were dehydrated and fatigued but in stable condition.

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