LI fisherman John Aldridge rescued at sea
John Aldridge, a Montauk commercial fisherman, fell overboard about 3:30 a.m. on July 24, 2013, while working as part of a crew on the 44-foot fishing vessel Anna Mary. For nearly 12 hours, he was in the water swimming and fighting to stay afloat until he was plucked from the Atlantic Ocean by a Coast Guard helicopter, part of a multistate team that began searching for him when a member of his crew reported him missing. Officials say he was found more than 40 miles from where he went overboard. Aldridge, 45, says thoughts of his nephew and his own fishing boots, which he used as flotation devices, helped him stay alive while he dodged fins, which might have been sharks'.