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Man Rescued From Ocean Two Days After Boat Sinks

November 20, 1991

BEAUFORT, S.C. (AP) _ A man who floated in a box for two days after his boat sank was rescued Tuesday from the Atlantic Ocean, the Coast Guard said.

Lamar Campbell, 24, was in stable condition at Beaufort Memorial Hospital. He suffered dehydration and hypothermia, authorities said.

A man who was with Campbell when their shrimp boat sank Sunday hadn’t been found by late Tuesday night.

A Coast Guard helicpoter was returning to Savannah, Ga., when Campbell was spotted five miles off the coast of Fripp Island, off South Carolina’s southern coastline. It was about 60 miles south of where the 28-foot shrimp boat ″Little Rose″ went down.

″We saw there was something in the water,″ flight mechanic Jim Lidback said. ″At first we thought it was a cooler. Then we saw him waving.″

Campbell told his rescuers he had been in the 4-foot-by-4-foot box since the boat went down. The box appeared to be an engine cover, Ensign Mark Fluitt said.

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