Siblings share shipwreck survival story
MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, Fla. (WSVN) -- Two siblings arrived at South Florida with an incredible survival story after their boat sank at sea in St. Lucia.
Dan Suski and his sister Kate arrived at Miami Friday night after a vacation in the island of St. Lucia didn't go as planned. "It was intense. It was a long day, a long 29 hours," said Dan.
Dan, a 30-year-old business owner and information technology expert from San Francisco, had been wrestling a 200-pound marlin in the rough seas with help from his sister Kate, a 39-year-old architect from Seattle.
During their fishing trip last Sunday, the electrical system failed on their tourist boat. The boat took on water and sank. "It was a series of incredible challenges," said Kate.
The siblings, along with other people, were forced to jump off the boat and swim. Lans was eight miles away. "It was completely surreal. You know, waiting, the boat stern down, and go under water ... it was just surreal," said Dan.
"We could see land off in the distance and started swimming in that direction," said Kate.
They swam to the point they scraped their skin on their life jackets. Finally, they arrived to a rocky shore line. "Surf was crashing into the cliffs, and we decided that we should keep swimming and found a very small sliver of beach, and we were able to get to safety that way," said Kate.
A local found the siblings, and it all came to an end. "We are just really excited to be back and finally get some good rest. It's been a long road," said Dan.
Once the Suskis arrived on the shoreline, they were able to get some food. The other passengers on the boat survived.
The Suskis plan to spend some time in Miami before they head home.
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