|John was saying something
bout going to Marco Island
to get a hotel room. He sounded pretty good for a guy who had just
gotten washed off a beach. Mark was helping them out of the water. We knew they were going
to be freezing so we started making room for them.
When the guys came in the tent, we helped them get their wetsuits off. Somehow they had
manage do find their wetsuits and get them on in the rush. I don't know how they
would have made it
without them. They certainly would have been in worse shape than they were. Dalia came
with a bag of dry clothes. The women had gotten guy clothes from Harold and Mike earlier
now the guys were getting the girl clothes.
So, there we were...seven of us in a tent meant for 3-4 people. The only way we could fit
for everyone to turn on their sides. To keep warm, we had to spoon. It was still raining
not as hard as before. Harold listened to the marine radio. It was predicted that the rain
would be gone by 6AM. A couple of people were convinced we needed to call the Coast Guard
soon as possible. Harold just listened patiently. He said we'd assess the situation in the
morning. He did try to call the marine operator but could not raise one.
|I remember having a very calm feeling. My stuff was already gone. It did not appear that
were going to be washed off the beach or die. The Johns were found and only slightly worse
the experience. Life was looking a lot better than before. Having let go of my tent
had no concerns now except for our safety. We laid there for hours. I don't think anyone
We held each others hands and everyone tried to make everyone else comfortable. Each time
settled down, someone, usually one of the Johns, started retelling their story or
part they had forgotten and had to share it with us. Their adrenaline level was a lot
than the rest of ours. We'd laugh until it almost hurt, quiet down, then start up all over
Around 5 AM, Harold and Mike went to help Mark start a fire. I couldn't figure, for the
me, how they were going to start a fire with soaked wood, but I was too tired to ask.
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