I just got word that the man lost at sea, John Aldridge Jr., that I wrote about this morning, has just been found by the U.S. Coast Guard according to his brother-in-law’s brother, Angelo Siragusa.
“That’s really all I know so far. They found him and he’s in good health and he’s in the Coast Guard helicopter as we are speaking. It’s really a miracle,” Mr. Siragusa told me over the telephone just minutes ago.
Thanks for all of your prayers Hamptonites!!!
The U.S. Coast Guard released a press release stating that they found and rescued the missing fisherman approximately 43 miles south of Montauk.
A Coast Guard MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter rescue crew from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod (ASCC), in Cape Cod, Mass., located and recovered the missing fisherman alive. Aldridge was treated for dehydration, exposure and hypothermia.
Aldridge was transferred to Falmouth Hospital for further evaluation and treatment.
“I’d like to thank all the agencies, fisherman and friends for their efforts to find my brother,” said Cathy Patterson, Aldridge’s sister.
Two rescue boat crews from Station Montauk, two Coast Guard 87-foot rescue Patrol Boats, aircraft and two rescue helicopters from ASCC, along with several good samaritans and local fishing vessels searched more than eight hours to find Aldridge. The coordination between the vessels and the Coast Guard allowed them to cover an area of 660 square miles, approximately the size of 378,000 American football fields.
“The search and rescue coordination between the Coast Guard, its partner agencies and fishermen was exceptional. The fishing crews allowed us to search a much greater area,” said Senior Chief Petty Officer Jason Walter, the officer in charge of Station Montauk. “To find this man in the water after this much time is amazing.”