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‘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

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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

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.’

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  1. **** !

    November 5th, 2012

    geebuz H

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  2. RANDO

    November 5th, 2012

    Guess they don’t have Boy Scouts over there anymore.

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  3. Brown Eyed Girl

    November 5th, 2012

    I feel safe enough in this forum to be able to say that I believe the thought from Obama was “Who cares? It’s mostly white people.”

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  4. Mountain Dog

    November 5th, 2012

    Expected survival time in 40-50° F water is one to three hours, with exhaustion or unconsciousness in just 30 to 60 minutes.

    I think the Lord heard his prayers.

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  5. nobarack08

    November 5th, 2012

    God works miracles.
    Amen

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  6. EinTX

    November 5th, 2012

    Not to be too cynical, but he’s 28 and calling himself a “miracle child”?
    I am glad he survived, but what hath Obamacare wrought with this child business?

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  7. Maudie N Mandeville

    November 5th, 2012

    @Mountain Dog: That’s why our Eagle Scout took the blankets: to stay warm in the water.

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  8. pissedpatriot30

    November 5th, 2012

    Goodbye to you my trusted friend
    We’ve known each other since we were nine or ten
    Together we’ve climbed hills and trees
    Learned of love and ABC’s
    Skinned our hearts and skinned our knees

    Goodbye my friend it’s hard to die
    When all the birds are singing in the sky
    Now that spring is in the air
    Pretty girls are everywhere
    Think of me and I’ll be there
    (insert tears…)

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  9. Snowball the Sourpuss

    November 5th, 2012

    “There’s no rescue”.

    That should be Obama’s campaign slogan.

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  10. MSQ

    November 5th, 2012

    well, Im glad he survived, but calling him “the miracle child”? child? … hes 28 and hasn’t been a child for 12 years.
    Im guessing that, wellnevermind.

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  11. MSQ

    November 5th, 2012

    jinx EinTX!!

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  12. Mountain Dog

    November 5th, 2012

    I have to say though, for somebody with hypothermia he sure writes well, and in the dark too.
    Something was bugging me about the letter. I think that was it.

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  13. Piker

    November 5th, 2012

    This guy surviving is interfering with Darwinism.

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  14. Skewed Pole

    November 5th, 2012

    I’m glad he found religion.

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  15. Sarthurk

    November 5th, 2012

    @Mountain dog! This has to be a fraud. Watch, he’ll be on “The View” next week!

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  16. Four .45's

    November 5th, 2012

    Fake.

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