Becky Bratu –
As he swam toward the coast of Nantucket, Mass. in August 2008, Scott Douglas, 58, watched his yellow fishing boat disappear, carried away by the swelling surf. He thought it would be the last time he’d ever see the Queen Bee.
But yesterday, more than three years after Douglas and his brother-in-law were tossed off the boat by a wave, the U.S. Coast Guard called to say the vessel had washed up on the Spanish coast.
It was rusty and covered in barnacles, but intact. “It looks entirely different,” Douglas said upon seeing the photos.
“That’s amazing.” Douglas remembers the water was restless on the day he set out to sea, and the fish weren’t biting.
He tried to keep the boat stationary, bracing himself as huge rollers crashed into it.
“At all times, it’s a very sketchy area,” Douglas told msnbc.com.
“You wouldn’t want to be dumped in the ocean there.”
But that’s exactly what happened when a rogue wave knocked Douglas and his brother-in-law, Rich St. Pierre, off the boat and into a sink-or-swim fight for survival. Douglas remembers thinking the water was not too cold.
“The only way I was going to survive was just to get started, not tread water,” he said.