Andres Lopez is lucky to be alive. A commercial fisherman, he’s been living on his 25-foot boat off Miami’s Coconut Grove (along with many other liveaboards) for several years. Then came Irma.
Lopez decided to ride out the hurricane on his boat. But once the storm hit, the boat started to list dangerously. He went up on deck and thought about his options. “Drown or go,” he told the Miami Herald. “I got to go.”
So he jumped into Biscayne Bay and started swimming. As he looked back, his boat flipped over. Lopez made it to a breakwater where he clung to a tree for an hour, until the storm surge carried him 200 yards into a park.
“You’ve seen that movie The Perfect Storm, he asked. “This was my disaster movie.” Read more: