NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The father of rescued lobsterman John Aldridge said his son survived 12 hours in shark-infested waters — without a life jacket — by thinking about his family, WCBS 880’s Mike Xirinachs reported.
“He said he was driven by family, you know, he didn’t want to let us down,” John Aldridge Sr. said Thursday. “I don’t know how he did it.”
Dehydrated and badly sunburned, the 45-year-old fisherman was brought to a Cape Cod hospital after being pulled from the water. He was released Thursday morning.
John Aldridge, 45, who works on the crew of the commercial vessel Anna Mary, had been missing after going overboard Wednesday offshore from Montauk.