| ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Sept 11
ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Sept 11 An Alaska fisherman
survived for a day floating on frigid ocean waters in a plastic
fish crate after his boat sank and said he kept up his spirits
Ryan Harris, 19, told the local newspaper in Sitka, Alaska,
that he sang songs like "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" and "Rudolph
the Red-Nosed Reindeer" to keep himself awake through the night
as the fishing crate bobbed on the waves.
Harris told the Sitka Sentinel that he gave himself a "pep
talk," saying for hours on end: "I'm Ryan Hunter Harris and I'm
not going to die here."
Harris and his fishing partner, boat skipper Stonie Huffman,
went into the water late on Friday when their 28-foot vessel
sank off Sitka, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.
Huffman found a survival suit in the debris, donned it and
was able to swim to shore before flagging down rescuers, the
Coast Guard said.
But Harris spent an estimated 26 hours in the plastic fish
tote before he was found by another fishing crew, the Coast
Guard said. The fishing crew called for help, and a Coast Guard
helicopter crew hoisted Harris to safety on Saturday.
He was in relatively good shape when spotted by the other
fishing crew, despite his ordeal at sea, Coast Guard Petty
Officer Grant DeVuyst told Reuters.
"He was active. He was waving his arms," DeVuyst said. "He
Emergency medical responders who examined Harris reported
that he had "just a couple of minor injuries," DeVuyst said.
(Editing By Cynthia Johnston and Cynthia Osterman)