Sailor Louis Jordan was found alive on Thursday after his family reported him missing at sea over two months ago, NBC reports.
He was found floating on the overturned hull of his sailboat 200 miles off the North Carolina coast.
After setting sail on Jan. 23 with his 35-sailboat named Angel, Jordan, 37, survived on rainwater, raw fish he caught with a net and food he had packed for the trip, he told The Washington Post.
“I rationed my water to where I had drunk about a pint a day. For such a long a time I was so thirsty. And I was almost out of water, and everyday I was like please God send me some rain, send me some water,” Jordan told WAVY-TV. “Begging God, please. And finally right before I ran out of water, finally the conditions were perfect.”
After he was found by a German-flagged container ship he was reunited with his family.
“We prayed and we prayed, and we hoped that you were still alive,” his dad Frank Jordan said to his son. “So, that’s all that matters. That’s the only thing that matters.”
Jordan prayed as well.
“I was just praying about you, cause I was afraid that you guys were crying and sad that I was dead … and I wasn’t dead,” Louis Jordan replied.
“We were. I thought I lost you,” his dad responded.