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Lobsterman shares his tale of 12 hours floating on his boots

Associated Press logo Associated Press 5/27/2017 By FRANK ELTMAN, Associated Press
In this May 19, 2017 photo, John Aldridge poses in Montauk, N.Y. with the boots that helped keep him afloat for 12 hours after falling off his lobster boat in the summer of 2013. Nearly four years later, he's still working in the profession that put him in so much danger. And he's retelling the remarkable tale in a book released the week of May 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Frank Eltman) © The Associated Press In this May 19, 2017 photo, John Aldridge poses in Montauk, N.Y. with the boots that helped keep him afloat for 12 hours after falling off his lobster boat in the summer of 2013. Nearly four years later, he's still working in the profession that put him in so much danger. And he's retelling the remarkable tale in a book released the week of May 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Frank Eltman)

MONTAUK, N.Y. (AP) — A New York lobsterman who fell out of his boat into the Atlantic Ocean and survived for 12 hours by floating on his boots is telling his story.

FILE- In this July 25, 2013 file photo, John Aldridge talks to the media in Oakdale, N.Y., describing how he was rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard off the coast of Montauk, N.Y., a day earlier after falling off a lobster fishing boat. Aldridge spent about 12 hours in the water clinging to a pair of rubber boots to keep him afloat. (AP Photo/Frank Eltman, File) © The Associated Press FILE- In this July 25, 2013 file photo, John Aldridge talks to the media in Oakdale, N.Y., describing how he was rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard off the coast of Montauk, N.Y., a day earlier after falling off a lobster fishing boat. Aldridge spent about 12 hours in the water clinging to a pair of rubber boots to keep him afloat. (AP Photo/Frank Eltman, File)

John Aldridge's adventure happened in July 2013, while aboard his boat, the Anna Mary, after leaving his dock in Montauk, on Long Island.

FILE- In this July 25, 2013 file photo, John Aldridge talks to the media in Oakdale, N.Y., describing how he was rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard off the coast of Montauk, N.Y., a day earlier after falling off a lobster fishing boat. Aldridge spent about 12 hours in the water clinging to a pair of rubber boots to keep him afloat. At left is Aldridge's nephew Jake. (AP Photo/Frank Eltman, File) © The Associated Press FILE- In this July 25, 2013 file photo, John Aldridge talks to the media in Oakdale, N.Y., describing how he was rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard off the coast of Montauk, N.Y., a day earlier after falling off a lobster fishing boat. Aldridge spent about 12 hours in the water clinging to a pair of rubber boots to keep him afloat. At left is Aldridge's nephew Jake. (AP Photo/Frank Eltman, File)

The handle on an ice cooler he was moving snapped and sent him into the ocean as his co-captain and crewman slept below deck.

In this May 19, 2017 photo, Anthony Sosinski, left, and John Aldridge stand aboard their lobster boat, the Anna Mary, in Montauk, N.Y. In July 2013, Aldridge fell out of his boat into the Atlantic Ocean and survived for 12 hours by floating on his boots. He was rescued by a Coast Guard helicopter that had been searching for hours and was headed back to Cape Cod, Mass. when they found him. (AP Photo/Frank Eltman) © The Associated Press In this May 19, 2017 photo, Anthony Sosinski, left, and John Aldridge stand aboard their lobster boat, the Anna Mary, in Montauk, N.Y. In July 2013, Aldridge fell out of his boat into the Atlantic Ocean and survived for 12 hours by floating on his boots. He was rescued by a Coast Guard helicopter that had been searching for hours and was headed back to Cape Cod, Mass. when they found him. (AP Photo/Frank Eltman)

Aldridge floated on his boots and eventually found a buoy to grab onto.

He was rescued by the Coast Guard that had been searching for hours and was headed back to Cape Cod, Massachusetts, when they found him.

He tells his tale in the book, "A Speck in the Sea," which was released this week.

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