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ALM
January 8th, 2015, 08:49 PM
Ex-Miami Dolphins Player Falls Overboard, Swims 9 Miles to Shore
ABC News, January 8, 2015
https://gma.yahoo.com/ex-miami-dolphin-player-falls-overboard-swims-9-231837408--abc-news-topstories.html


A former Miami Dolphins player fell from his boat off the coast of Florida and somehow managed to swim nine miles to shore to safety, the Coast Guard said Thursday.

Rob Konrad, who played for the Dolphins from 1999 to 2004, was fishing offshore when he fell from his boat Wednesday night off coast of Florida near Palm Beach, Petty Officer Mark Barney of US Coast Guard told ABC News. The boat was on autopilot and drifted away from him.

When his friends noticed Konrad was overdue, they alerted authorities. The Coast Guard and Palm Beach Co. Sheriff’s Office searched for him for an hour. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office located him on the beach around 4:40 a.m. in Palm Beach.

He was able to swim approximately nine miles to shore and was in the water for 10 to 12 hours, Barney said.

Konrad was showing signs of hypothermia and was taken to an area hospital.

The website for KT Capital lists Konrad as a principal in the investment firm. A call and email to Konrad seeking comment weren't immediately returned.

Bobinator
January 8th, 2015, 09:07 PM
I'm glad he made it safely to shore. That's quite a swim for someone who doesn't train to swim.

__steve__
January 8th, 2015, 09:13 PM
Remarkable swim, though he was an athlete after all. Was lucky the sea temp is 4⁰ higher than average for January there.

orca1946
January 12th, 2015, 01:22 PM
Good for him!!! Maybe he should look into Open Water swimming?

ande
January 13th, 2015, 12:02 PM
Incredible, he had to swim or die.
Wonder if he had a floatation device. If I fell over board and swimming to shore was an option.
The first thing I'd do would be take off most clothes.

__steve__
January 13th, 2015, 02:28 PM
Playing for the dolphins may have helped too

ForceDJ
January 13th, 2015, 11:50 PM
I saw this story on the national network evening news too. They said that he had to swim in excess of 20 miles. Why the disparity?

Dan

knelson
January 14th, 2015, 12:15 AM
I think he was about nine miles from shore, but the current carried him over 20 miles. I don't think it would be accurate to say he SWAM 20 miles, but that was the total distance he covered (although it's not like he was wearing a GPS).

smontanaro
January 14th, 2015, 10:10 AM
I thought they said he was in the water for about 20 hours.

knelson
January 14th, 2015, 10:35 AM
Sixteen hours in the water is what I heard.

Deadspin has an article questioning the veracity of Konrad's claims:
http://deadspin.com/what-do-we-know-about-rob-konrads-16-hours-at-sea-1679089696

Since his boat was found it would certainly seem like he went overboard. It doesn't seem unrealistic to me that someone could spend 16 hours in 75 degree water. It certainly wouldn't be easy, but if the alternative is drowning I think you could marshal physical resources you didn't know you had.

__steve__
January 14th, 2015, 12:50 PM
It doesn't seem unrealistic to me that someone could spend 16 hours in 75 degree water.
The surface sea temps in the area were reading much higher than average, more like 79F

fatboy
January 14th, 2015, 05:44 PM
:)
I saw this story on the national network evening news too. They said that he had to swim in excess of 20 miles. Why the disparity?

Dan

nice!