Todd Vercoe with Northland Electricity rescue helicopter's intensive care paramedic Suzanne Galloway. Photo/Northland Electricity Rescue Helicopter
A New Zealand sailor swam for three hours in rough seas after being swept overboard while urinating from a yacht on Saturday.
Todd Vercoe, 36, swam to shore in Kaituna Bay and signaled a rescue helicopter using a SOS sign etched in the sand.
The New Zealand Herald reports Vercoe is a house painter from Langs Beach, New Zealand, and was relieving himself off the back of the yacht about 5 miles offshore.
"That's when I fell in,” Vercoe told the newspaper. “I was yelling and screaming as soon as I hit the water. But there was no way they could hear me over the motor and they were both in the cabin below deck."