A 28-year-old man from New Jersey took refuge in a neighbor's house after fighting off a flood. He left what he believed was his goodbye note to his father, never thinking he would make it out alive.
Christine, the owner of the Jersey Shore house, published his heartwarming letter online, having discovered it after superstorm Sandy had flooded her neighborhood.
"Who ever reads this I'm DIEING – I'm 28 yrs old my name is Mike. [...] I had to break in to your house. I took blankets off the couch. I have hypothermia. I didn't take any thing. A wave thru me out of my house down the block. I don't think I'm going to make it. The water outside is 10ft [3 meters] deep at least. There's no res[c]ue," the desperate note reads.
On Friday, WOBM, a radio station in New Jersey, acted on Mike's request for his father to be contacted, as he had left his home telephone number in the note.
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describes how Mike's dad, Tony, picked up the phone and let everybody know his son was safe. Mike detailed his adventure through the flooded streets.
He had wondered around for four hours, and fought 15ft (4.6 meters) waves, in the dark, before reaching the woman's home.
"My kitchen went, and I thought the whole house was gonna go, so I walked out the front door, and the current took me all the way into the bay, like maybe a half a mile into the bay.
"Then there was a lady's house, like five or six houses over from me, and I had no clothes on at the time, so I just went in their house, trying to find anything I can. She had towels on the couch. I just wrapped my body with the towels. Anything. I was so thirsty because I drank so much salt water," he said.
As he entered Christine's residence, he was freezing and thought he wouldn't make it out alive. He spent two hours in the house, before being picked up by a man whom he knows as Frank, in a waverunner. The stranger took him in, gave him dry clothes and hot chocolate.
"If I had to do it again, I couldn't do it again. Everybody's calling me the miracle child," Mike added.