Former Miami Dolphin fullback Rob Konrad was knocked off his fishing boat 9 miles from shore, watch this video for his incredible survival story.
Rob Konrad departed alone from Deerfield Beach and went about nine miles out to do some fishing. He was reaching for a rod when a large wave sent him flying into the water.
He was forced to make a tough decision as he watched the boat, which was set on auto-pilot, head east to the Bahamas.
A 16-hour swim followed, during which he was stung by jellyfish and a circled by a shark, he says.
Hear more from Konrad in the video.
Konrad wasn’t wearing any floatation device when he was sent into the water.
Twice during this swim Rob Konrad’s resilience was tested, as he saw a boat and a helicopter. The fishing boat was about 50 yards away, but the crew didn’t see or hear Rob Konrad. A bit later, a Coast Guard helicopter flew over top of him, but couldn’t make him out in the water and he knew he was not going to be rescued.
At around 4:30 AM Rob Konrad, wearing nothing but his underwear, crawled onto the shore at Palm Beach. He was shivering uncontrollably and exhausted, but alive.
Rob Konrad attributed his incredible will to survive to his family, he told reporters, “I’ve got two beautiful daughters. I was hitting shore.”