NEW CASTLE, N.H. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard has rescued a New Hampshire fisherman whose boat was flipped over by large wave and capsized.
Brian Weeks’ boat was flipped over Wednesday off the coast of Kittery, Maine, WMUR-TV reported . The 64-year-old said the day before he had watched “The Perfect Storm,” a movie about the crew of a commercial fishing boat caught in a violent storm.
“It took me right up,” he said of the wave. “Landed under the boat and I woke up under the boat. I’m under my boat. I’m thinking, `Did that happen?”‘
Hypothermia was setting in as Weeks, of Rochester, crawled onto his capsized boat.
“I was thinking, `No, I don’t want to go like this, fishing. I don’t want to go like that. I’ve been doing it 40 years,”‘ said Weeks, who’d gone out to look for mackerel. “And I thought of my family, and they’re going to find me just off shore.”
Someone saw the boat capsize and called for help. The Coast Guard was able to get him out of the water safely.
After his release from the hospital, Weeks went to thank the Coast Guard crew who saved his life.
Weeks does not remember the rescue, but says he is grateful to be alive.
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