|Dan and Kate Suski|
After their boat sank, a couple did not give up on life, they just began swimming until they reached the shore.
It all began when the couple went for a fishing trip off the rugged north coast of St. Lucia, that should have lasted all day, but about four hours into the trip, the boat's electrical system crackled and popped.
30-year-old Dan Suski, an expert in information technology from San Francisco, California had been fighting for his life on a rough sea, with the help of his sister, 39-year-old Kate Suski, an architect of Seattle, Washington.
They were trying to catch fish when water rushed into the cockpit and flooded the engine room, prompting them to radio for help.
They were told to abandon ship.
Less than five minutes later, the ship sank.
The couple was at least eight miles or 13 kilometers from the coast, and the waves were about 10 feet high.
"The captain was telling us to stay together, that help was on the way, and we had to wait," Kate Suski said.
The couple waited for an hour, but nobody came.
"I said, 'Let's swim, let's swim. We cannot stay here,"' she recalled.
When they began to swim, the Suskis lost sight of the captain amid the rising waves. Soon after, they also lost sight of land in the rain.
"We just saw swollen waves and gray," Dan Suski said.
A plane and a helicopter appeared in the distance flying over the area, but the siblings were not detected.
Several hours passed and the sun began to set.
They swam for 12 to 14 hours, talking as they pushed and rocked their way across the ocean.
When they reached the land, it was after midnight, and they did not notice any homes in the area.
In the morning they were found by a local farmer who called police.
The Suskis were hospitalized and received intravenous fluids.
"We are very grateful to be alive at this time," Kate Suski said.
“Their ordeal is truly a miracle. Not many people would have the courage to start swimming their way to safety. Luckily for them, they did. They might not have survived 24 hours in the water, which is the time it took rescuers to reach the captain of the ship,” Gabriel Braxton, 36, of Honolulu, Hawaii told YourJewishNews.com after learning about the incident.
In several days, they plan to fly back to the U.S. to visit their father in Miami.