American tourist abandoned in open water
Ian Cole is lucky to survive being abandoned 30 miles offshore.
An American tourist, snorkeling in Australia, was abandoned by a tour boat while still 30 miles offshore. Michigan resident, Ian Cole, 28, was on a snorkeling vacation to see Australia's Great Barrier Reef when he was accidentally left behind to see more of it than he bargained for.
Cole told reporters that he feared the worst when he saw he was alone on the reef. At first he suspected he had swam in the wrong direction and strayed too far from the boat. His second thought was panic. Cole then reported taking water through his snorkel, as he feared the worst. It was shortly afterwards that he spotted another tour boat and began swimming towards it. It took an additional 15 minutes, but he managed to get aboard and was then told that his tour boat had left him behind. He initially thought they were joking.
Although he was exhausted and nearly drowned, Cole told reporters that he did not intend to sue, but rather sought an apology and an assurance that it would never happen again. According to Cole, the skipper of the boat has since called and offered a personal apology.
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