Local10 Former Miami Dolphins fullback Rob Konrad survived a fall into the ocean off Palm Beach by swimming nine miles back to shore. The U.S. Coast Guard confirmed that Konrad was fishing alone Wednesday evening when he fell off his boat. Konrad, who played with the team from 1999-2004, remained in the Atlantic Ocean for at least nine hours as he swam about nine miles back to safety. The former second-round draft pick came ashore near a home at 1800 S. Ocean Blvd. in Palm Beach. West Palm Beach television station WPBF says the U.S. Coast Guard told them that since the boat was on autopilot, it drifted away from Konrad.
This has to be the scariest situation a human being can be put in, right? Falling off your boat into the ocean, being stranded at sea for nine hours, having to swim to shore without having any idea what is swimming under you. It’s an absolutely terrifying thought, I can just imagine nine hours swimming, constantly thinking that on the crest of every swell is the fin of the bull shark or tiger shark that is going to eat me alive. If I was Rob Konrad I would have looked for a small desert island to get marooned on, so I could spend a year living off coconuts and fresh fish like Tom Hanks in Castaway, then get discovered with six pack abs, a sweet beard and a deep tan. Much respect to Rob Konrad for surviving this wild adventure, and for being able to swim through shark infested waters for nine hours straight, truly an American badass.