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. – MORE