Photo: U.S. Coast Guard
On Monday morning, the weather finally broke and the Coast Guard intensified their search. After days of searching more than 24,000 square miles of ocean, a lookout made a miraculous discovery at 11:46 a.m. "It turned out to be the white upside-down hull of the boat," Capt. Close says. "Then they saw Nick sitting there with his life jacket."
Nick says he saw the Coast Guard's boat approaching but thought it was a hallucination. "I was like, 'There's no way,'" he says. "I kind of stood up for a second and I'm like, 'Thank you, God.' [I] took my jacket off, swung it around like a towel, and I just broke down."