March 5th, 2009
09:41 AM ET

Boater's survival called 'providence'

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Alexandra Zayas, Brant James and John Frank
St. Petersburg Times

As Coast Guard rescuers closed in on Nick Schuyler, hunched over the propeller of a capsized boat, he didn't scream. He didn't gesture.

He just looked and waited.

Only he could tell what became of his three friends now lost in a cold, violent sea. Only he knew how they spent their final moments together.

More details of his story began to trickle out of his hospital room Wednesday, triggering different emotional reactions among the families of the lost men.

One father refuses to believe his son gave up, removed his life vest and drifted away. He is spearheading a private search and rescue mission that continues today.

Another learned from Schuyler that his son was held until he died. That father could finally grieve, he said.


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soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. GF, Los Angeles

    Thank you Mike!

    March 5, 2009 at 1:23 pm |
  2. Mike in NYC

    Providence nothing. His will to live saved him. And maybe a bit of luck, too.

    I really get tired of hearing people talk about "miracles" and such when someone survives a disaster. If a deity had intervened on their behalf, then what of the dead? Where was their god?

    March 5, 2009 at 11:15 am |