Stanley Yacht Services: Former Dolphin Goes Overboard, Swims To Safety

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Former Dolphin Goes Overboard, Swims To Safety

Rob Konrad (#44) fended off more than an open field
tackle in the open ocean last week.   
Photo | Richard Graulich/The Palm Beach Post
An impromptu fishing trip could have ended in tragedy last week when Rob Konrad was jolted overboard into the open ocean, without a life vest or any way of getting back on his 31-foot boat, which was on autopilot and headed for the Bahamas. Instead, what happened next is really a testament to the former Miami Dolphins fullback's will to survive and fervent desire to be reunited with his family.

Konrad started swimming and swimming. And swimming. Some 16 hours, 27 miles and two missed rescue opportunities later, he crawled ashore at Palm Beach during the predawn hours of Thursday. Having survived an ordeal unlike anything he'd ever faced on the football field., the father of two reflected, "I shouldn't be here."
Konrad Humbled And Thankful Following Ordeal At Sea
Needless to say, even with its happy ending, this odyssey should serve as a cautionary tale to all of us boaters - safety first! Whether you're boating alone, like Konrad, or with others, it's always important to prepare and share a float plan before you shove off. Let others know where you're going and when to expect your return. A float plan facilitates the expediency and accuracy of search and rescue efforts.

More importantly, don't be fooled into complacency by your perceived skills or physical fitness. Even Konrad, an experienced boater and professionally trained athlete, acknowledges how slim the chances are of being able to tread water, let alone swim, for any protracted length of time in the open ocean.  A life vest could save your life: Wear It!

We're in awe of Konrad's strength (of body, mind, and spirit) and thankful he is home safe and sound. May his future fish tales just be about "the one that got away".

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