A man who was rescued after spending more than 30 hours stranded adrift at sea says he had been on the verge of giving up all hope - that is, until he suddenly found himself in the company of a friendly local.
Joey Trevino had been fishing with three friends off the coast of Texas last weekend when the boat they were in started taking on water. Before they had a chance to radio in a distress call, the flooded vessel capsized, scattering the crew. Fortunately, all the men had been wearing life jackets, though not long after going overboard, Trevino became separated from the others.
Trevino told news station KIII-TV that he tried to keep his spirits up as he drifted alone by speaking out loud to his wife and kids back home. However, as the hours dragged on without any sign of rescue, he began to contemplate removing his life jacket to hasten what seemed to be inevitable.
However, Trevino came to learn that he wasn't so alone after all. In the depths of his despair some 50 miles offshore, he says a porpoise (a term fishermen often use to refer to bottlenose dolphins) arrived and lingered around him, giving him the inspiration he needed to fight to stay alive.