August 23rd, 2013
11:54 AM ET

Man Treads Water For 18 Hours Without Life Vest

Though his arms might be tired, one Florida fisherman is thankful to be alive after being knocked overboard.

51-year-old Efstathios "Steve" Moumouris flipped out of his boat during a patch of nasty weather, CNN's Kate Bouldan reports.

The Coast Guard says he spent nearly 24 hours battling for his life, treading water seven miles from shore with no life vest.

Moumouris was enjoying a day on the water and even texted his wife a picture of a big catch. When he didn't return shortly after, she contacted authorities.

WATCH THE VIDEO ABOVE to see how this lucky man survived paddling in the water until a family out scallop fishing came to his rescue.

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