Hurricane-like winds sank the 42-foot Pink Lady on Friday, stranding lone fisherman Alan Ryden in treacherous waters a mile offshore from the Alaska Peninsula. From the Anchorage Daily News:

Ryden, 47, floated for 10 hours and 14 miles, buoyed by a small personal flotation device amid 16-foot seas and 50-knot winds. The sun set and the moon rose as waves crashed over him. At one point, Ryden said in an interview Saturday, he shouted out over the clamor: “I’m not going to die out here.”

And he didn’t, thanks to a heroic rescue by the Coast Guard.