“Some say survival is an instinct inherent to all living creatures –so what would you do? How would you know what to do?”
John has been a commercial fisherman in Montauk, New York, for 20 years with his childhood friend, Anthony Sosinski, he owns and operates the “Anna Mary,” a 45-foot lobster boat docked in Montauk Harbor. Aldridge and Sosinski sell lobster and crab to wholesalers and restaurants on Long Island, in New York City.
On July 24, 2013, Aldridge fell overboard in the middle of the night, 40 miles from shore, with no life jacket. For more than 12 hours, he was alone in the chilly North Atlantic water, buoyed only by his fishing boots. To stay afloat and alive, Aldridge drew on his intimate knowledge of the sea as well as on his own deep will to survive.
The U.S. Coast Guard, aided by more than 20 members of the Montauk fishing fleet, launched a major search-and-rescue operation that culminated in Aldridge’s rescue late that afternoon.
Aldridge’s story of survival was the subject of a recent cover article in The New York Times Magazine and is now being adapted into a major motion picture by the Weinstein Company. Aldridge is still fishing year-round on the “Anna Mary.”
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