The story wasn't believable. An inexperienced mariner lost at sea. Clinging to the hull of his overturned sail boat. Surviving on raw fish and rain water. More than two months alone, out in the elements.
The doubts were swift and many: Why wasn't he sunburned? How did he stay warm and dry? Just how many fish did he catch out there? He didn't look like a guy who had missed many meals.
The skeptics had good reason to be suspicious. Louis Jordan didn't spend 66 days on top of a capsized sail boat, and he didn't survive on raw fish alone.
Those erroneous details, attributed to a Coast Guard chief petty officer in the initial media frenzy following the rescue...