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'Worst Vacation Ever': Teen Stranded in Ocean Overnight

Blake Spataro says he "didn't want to die out there," so he floated on his back and "was talking to God the entire night"

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    'Worst Vacation Ever': Teen Stranded in Ocean Overnight
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    File photo: A closeup on waves hitting the beach from the Pacific Ocean appear in this file photo from Jan. 30, 2017, in Venice Beach, California.

    What to Know

    • Officials were about to switch the search from rescue to recovery Wednesday when they learned the teenager was alive

    • He had floated 3 miles and then realized he could walk ashore

    A tourist says his nighttime stroll on a Georgia beach turned his holiday into the "worst vacation ever" after a rip tide swept him out to sea.

    Nineteen-year-old Blake Spataro of Louisiana tells WJAX-TV he spent nearly 10 hours in the Atlantic Ocean, where no one could hear his screams over the waves and wind.

    He says he "didn't want to die out there," so he floated on his back and "was talking to God the entire night."

    Glynn County Emergency Management Director Jay Wiggins writes on Facebook that officials were about to switch the search from rescue to recovery Wednesday when they learned the teenager was alive.

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    A would-be robber armed with a knife had a surprise in store when an Alabama store clerk pulled out a machete in defense. The two's brief knife fight was caught on camera before the clerk runs out to damage the robber's car.

    According to police, suspect Seth Holcomb walked up to the counter to make a purchase. He leaves the store and then comes back in as if to make a second purchase. Then, he pulled out a knife at the counter. What he didn't expect was that the clerk would pull out a machete of his own.

    (Published Wednesday, March 20, 2019)

    He had floated 3 miles and then realized he could walk ashore on a Sea Island golf course.


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