Former Miami Dolphins fullback Rob Konrad wasn’t exaggerating when he said he was stranded in the ocean for 16 hours after falling overboard last month.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission confirmed Konrad’s account of what happened after investigating the incident that occurred Jan. 7.
According to the review, which was obtained by the Miami Herald on Wednesday, Konrad was “thrown overboard when a wave hit the side of the vessel” around 12:30 p.m. ET on Jan. 7.
Konrad tried to swim back to his boat, but the boat was on auto pilot and moving away from him at a rate of about 5 mph. At that point, Konrad decided that swimming west would be his best hope to reach land.
After 16 hours and 12 minutes at sea, Konrad finally reached land at 4:42 a.m. on Jan. 8 after swimming nine miles. The former Dolphins fullback ended up on the shores of Riviera Beach in Palm Beach County, Fla.
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