(TheBlaze/AP) — Practically naked and soaking wet, a New Jersey man who took refuge in a stranger’s house after he was swept away by Superstorm Sandy left behind a note to his father in case he didn’t survive.
The man, identified only as Mike, swam for his life as waves and currents gripped him in Barnegat Bay after he walked outside when the storm destroyed part of his home in the Green Island section of Toms River.
“I was in the middle of nowhere and there were no lights and the first house I went into was flooded and I just really needed, really needed a break because the waves were going over my head,” he told the radio station WOBM in Toms River.
He eventually ended up at a stranger’s home, tired, thirsty and thinking he was suffering from hypothermia. He wrapped himself in towels and wrote a letter to the homeowner saying he didn’t take anything. He also left a phone number to tell his father that he loved him because he was certain he was going to die.
The touching letter read, verbatim:
WHO EVER READS THIS IM IN THE DARK AS IM WRITING THS I’M DIEING – In 28 Yyrs old my name is mike I had to break in your house I took blankets off the couch I have hypothermia I didn’t take any thing A wave thru me out of my house down the block I don’t think I’m going to make it. The water outside is 10 ft deep at least. Theres no resue. Tell my dad I love him I tryed getting out his number is…his name is Tony. I hope u can read this I’m in the dark. Goodbye. I took a black jacket tooo.
God all mighty help me.
Here’s what the letter looked like:
The homeowner returned to find the note but not the man, and she posted a photo of the note on her Facebook page. The radio station WOBM tracked Mike down.
Mike explained that he was rescued by a man named Frank on a personal watercraft who drove him to his house, and the family gave him clothes and hot chocolate.
Mike has been reunited with his family in Bergen County.
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