Rob Konrad’s Hollywood story of survival in the Atlantic has triggered a range of reactions – from admiration and awe to, in the more cynical quarters, outright skepticism.
But for those looking for an independent source to confirm what happened and how between the time Konrad left shore in his 31-foot fishing boat midday on Jan. 7 to when he staggered up the beach in Palm Beach the next morning, you might need to wait awhile.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is investigating the incident, since it is technically a boating accident (Konrad says he fell off his boat while trying to reel in a fish nine miles off the coast of Palm Beach County). However, the agency’s report on the incident likely will not be completed for at least a month, FWC told the Miami Herald on Wednesday.
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Konrad, the former Miami Dolphins fullback who still lives in South Florida, became a national curiosity after news broke of his 16 hours spent in the ocean.
Konrad, who estimates he traveled 27 miles in the water before finally reaching land, continues to recover from hypothermia and dehydration.