Today’s Badass: Stranded Fisherman Clings To Cooler Lid For Seven Hours

Photo: CBS Miami

Yesterday, Florida man George Verdecia went fishing with his brother at 2 a.m., which is obviously the perfect time to catch marlin. They caught a wave instead, capsizing their boat and launching both of them into the pitch-black water. The brother swam to shore, but George wasn’t wearing a life vest. Fortunately, he had chilled beverages nearby.

By some miracle, a cooler lid supported George’s 220-pound frame for seven hours while the Coast Guard searched for him.

“He’s fine, he’s just really cold right now,” his girlfriend told reporters. “He has really bad back problems, so he wasn’t able to move basically because his back hurt too much.” (Let’s hope he drank some floating brewskies to alleviate the pain.)

A Coast Guard lieutenant criticized George’s choice to forsake traditional safety equipment, but nonetheless remarked, “Had he not had the cooler … I’m not too confident that that individual would have survived this morning.”

There you have it from the U.S. government, folks: bring as much beer as possible on your next fishing trip. What could go wrong?

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