Man Left at Sea Uses Jeans as Flotation Device to Survive, Popular Technique Among Navy Seals
By Fox News // March 11, 2019
"Without the jeans I wouldn't be here today"
ABOVE VIDEO: German tourist uses his jeans as a flotation device and survives being knocked overboard a yacht and left adrift for hours on the open water. (Lowe Corp. Rescue Video)
NEW ZEALAND (FOX NEWS) –A tourist from Germany survived being knocked overboard and left adrift for hours on the open water off the coast of New Zealand last week — all thanks to his jeans.
Arne Murke was delivering a yacht with his brother from Auckland, New Zealand to Brazil when they ended up sailing through rough seas about 20 miles off Tolaga Bay on March 6.
The 40-foot yacht’s mainsheet suddenly came loose amid the rough swells and knocked Murke overboard while he was only wearing a t-shirt and jeans.
“My brother started directly to get me but the swell was like three meters,” he told the New Zealand Herald. “He threw a life jacket with a rope overboard. I couldn’t reach that, it was already too far away.”
After being unable to reach the life jacket, the 30-year-old said he quickly decided to turn his jeans into a flotation device, a technique that’s used by lifesavers including U.S. Navy SEALs, Scouting groups and more.
“Luckily, I knew the trick with the jeans,” he told the Herald. “Without the jeans I wouldn’t be here today, they were really the thing that saved me.”
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