PALM BEACH, FL -- It had the makings of a Hollywood movie. What began as a relaxing fishing trip off the Florida coast, turned into a heroic story of survival.
"I didn't have a chance to give an S.O.S. call, simply because I was ejected from the boat so quickly. I did not have a personal flotation device on me.”
What happened to former Miami fullback Rob Konrad – is far from fiction. Last Wednesday, 38-year-old Konrad was thrown overboard when a huge wave and an active fish tossed him from his boat.
His boat sped off, leaving him abandoned in the open waters of the Atlantic Ocean. "Got bit by a whole bunch of stuff, bit by jellyfish," Konrad recalled.
"Right when the sun was going down, I was circled by a shark; luckily it did one circle around and left. There was a lot of stuff glowing at night.”
Konrad, by his own estimate, was about nine miles from shore. That’s when his arduous and unbelieveable journey began.
"I was in a real bad situation and [I] made the decision that I was gonna start swimming towards shore.”
That swim lasted 16-hours. "I prayed to God to send a boat, or the Coast Guard to come, come get me," Konrad emotionally explained.
"Yeah, I mean, after some time I just said, look, I'm not dying tonight. I'm going to make it to shore."
Weary and water-logged, Konrad did make it to the Plam Beach shore and stumbled to a house where he found help. He was taken to an area hospital and was treated for hypothermia and dehydration.
A remarkable story of grit and determination. No doubt this Dolphin felt like a fish out of water.