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A man survived because of a pair of jeans after he was left stranded at sea for hours.
30-year-old Arne Murke, who has 20 years of sailing experience, took a job of sailing a yacht from Auckland, New Zealand, to Brazil with his brother, Helge.
When they were sailing in rough seas, he was knocked overboard and was left stranded at sea for hours.
Thanks to a pair of jeans that saved his life.
“I was dragged next to the boat for one or two seconds down in the water, but then the rope got loose luckily, and I was floating in the water not wearing any life jacket. Just my t-shirt, my jeans, that was all,” Murke told the New Zealand Herald.
His brother, Helge tried to throw a life jacket with a rope but Murke had already gone too far away.
Luckily, Murke knew a great trick which saved his life. He used his jeans as a flotation device.
“Luckily, I knew the trick with the jeans. Without the jeans I wouldn’t be here today, they were really the thing that saved me,”
“I saw it many years ago and I always thought if I ever go overboard without a life jacket I’m going to do that,”
“I took a deep breath, took out my jeans, made knots at the end of the legs and inflated the jeans; pull it over water and get air inside and then to push it under water — I had like an improvised life vest,” Murke said.
The Coastguard and Air Force started searching for him.
Murke, who spent about three and a half hours in the water, was finally found by the Hawke’s Bay Rescue helicopter.
“I know the risk but I’m not scared of it. I’m just going to be super careful in the future. I would never say I’m not going out anymore, or I’m too scared.”
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