A family in Key West, Florida, known for spearfishing and scuba diving, got the scare of their lives last Thursday when one of their members, Dylan Gartenmeyer, Disappeared at sea for several hours after being carried by the powerful Gulf Stream, His story has gone viral on Tik Tok.
He himself explained his story to the NBC6 channel: he was diving while two of his friends were watching from a boat. Conditions in the water were getting worse by the minute.However, before leaving he decided to do one more dive.
At the same time a current pulled them into the depths of the ocean. What to say stayed in the water for about two minutesHolding my breath
Eventually the young man managed to surface a mile away from the spot where he had originally dived. in that moment decided to swim up to the channel marker, While holding a bamboo, he found it floating in the water.
“I could see the Coast Guard in the distance to my west. I could see their blue light, The helicopter is in motion, making its grid patternDylan explains.
While the US Coast Guard conducted an air and sea search, the Gartenmayer family mounted their own rescue operation and Heading to Dylan’s last known coordinates: “We had the coordinates they gave us, but apparently he wasn’t in them.”
Eyes stuck with water, kept searching. “Joel looked to the right and saw some floats”, they explain, while they report that there was something unusual about them as they seemed to be tied up. Dylan had cut and tied several mooring balls to make a makeshift raft.
Shortly after seeing the buoys, he saw Dylan, “I was looking west toward the Coast Guard and I heard a boat behind me,” Dylan said. The boat that Dylan heard headed towards him was packed with his family and friends.
“My mom took my scuba gear. he started hugging me, cryingDylan’s cousin, Priscilla Gartenmeyer, recorded the now-viral TikTok video. “It was very emotional for me. We know how lucky we are to have Dylan here,” Priscilla said.