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LI lobsterman rescued after 12 hours in water

Associated Press

Publication: theday.com

Published July 25. 2013 8:00AM   Updated July 25. 2013 8:44AM

Montauk, N.Y. (AP) — A Montauk lobsterman who fell overboard and struggled to stay afloat for 12 hours is recuperating at a Cape Cod hospital.

John Aldridge, who wasn't wearing a life jacket, tells Newsday his rubber boots saved his life.

He said he used them as a life raft. He was found floating Wednesday about 40 miles from his boat.

The fisherman says he went "straight out the back of the boat" around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday while moving a cooler.

Coast Guard crews from five states and commercial fishing crews searched 780 square miles before finding him.

Aldridge was part of a crew on a 44-foot fishing vessel out of Montauk when he fell in the water.

He's being treated for dehydration, exposure and hypothermia at Falmouth Hospital.

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