Sailor Lost at Sea 66 Days Reunited with Family, Used to Live in Upstate

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PICKENS, S.C. – Lost at sea for 66 days, Louis Jordan reunited with his family Friday.

For years, he lived right here in the upstate.

Jordan said, after he left the South Carolina shore in January to go fishing, he hit bad weather, capsizing his boat.

“The whole boat had turned around and I was flying through the air, somersaulting, and the ceiling was the floor and the floor was the ceiling,” said Jordan.

Jordan was finally found when a German tanker spotted him Thursday and called the Coast Guard.

He was about 200 miles East of North Carolina’s Cape Hatteras.

He was flown straight to a Virginia hospital with a broken shoulder, but walked in on his own two feet.

“I said, ‘Oh, Louis did it again,’” said Ray Lewis, who lives in Pickens.

Lewis first met his friend Jordan nearly 20 years ago at Clemson University.

He said Jordan moved to Central for about eight years.

Just this past summer, Lewis said Jordan stayed at his house in Pickens for four months.

“Then he took off for Myrtle Beach, purchased the sailboat, and we all know what happened after that,” said Lewis.

Jordan said he stayed alive by collecting rainwater and scooping fish up with his cast net.

“I did collect a bunch of seaweed and I found that there were these little crabs, these little critters living in the seaweed and it tasted dang good — little shrimp,” said Jordan.

“From the beginning, I felt that he was alive. I just didn’t feel it in my bones that he was gone,” said Lewis.

And now that Jordan’s been reunited with his family, their 66 days of worrying is finally at an end.

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