SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) – A brother and sister from the U.S. are recovering in the eastern Caribbean island of St. Lucia after their ship sank during a fishing trip, forcing them to swim almost 14 hours to reach land.
Dan Suski, of San Francisco, and Kate Suski, of Seattle, told The Associated Press Thursday that they thought they would die and never reach shore.
The Suskis said the ship experienced an electrical problem on April 21 and began to take on water, leading them, the captain and the first mate to abandon the sinking ship almost 12 miles (19 kilometers) off St. Lucia’s west coast. Those two also survived.
The Suskis said they are recovering after being hospitalized with severe dehydration and tendinitis. They plan to fly back to Miami on Saturday to meet with their father.