‘Tell my dad I love him and I tried getting out’: Harrowing note left in stranger’s house by Hurricane Sandy victim who thought he was dying of hypothermia but then SURVIVED
Miracle: Convinced he was going to die, the 28-year-old identified only as ‘Mike’ left the letter, pictured, in the evacuated home of strangers in Jersey Shore, where he briefly sought shelter
Mike described his harrowing ordeal, explaining how he had been in the pitch black water for four hours with 15ft waves crashing over his head before he entered the stranger’s home.
‘My kitchen went, and I thought the whole house was gonna go, so I walked out the front door, and the current took me all the way into the bay, like maybe a half a mile into the bay,’ he said.
The man tried to get to a nearby house in Toms River that didn’t get flooded but the current swept him past it.
‘Then there was a lady’s house, like five or six houses over from me, and I had no clothes on at the time, so I just went in their house, trying to find anything I can. She had towels on the couch. I just wrapped my body with the towels. Anything. I was so thirsty because I drank so much salt water.’
He said he stayed in the home for around two hours before a man named Frank picked him up with a waverunner and took him to his place where he was given dry clothes and hot chocolate.
Mike said he left the note, which he wrote in the dark, so that his father would know he didn’t give up easily.
‘I just wanted to have that note to tell my father, I tried. You know, I wasn’t a baby about it. I tried, I did my thing,’ he said. ‘I was swimming for so long. I was so cold, my friend. I was so cold. I was so cold, I thought I was just going to freeze right there.
‘But that lady, I felt like for some reason, she knew someone was going to be in that house. She had these wool blankets all over the place. And I just wrapped myself in them.’
The survivor, who said he was now afraid of the dark after his traumatic experience, added: ‘If I had to do it again, I couldn’t do it again. Everybody’s calling me the miracle child.’