A German tourist was knocked off a yacht in rough conditions while sailing along New Zealand. Having no life-saving jacket in the near-death encounter, he reportedly remembered a trick that he saw some years ago and made a buoyancy aide, inflating his own jeans.
The near-death experience of Arne Murke from Germany has made headlines in New Zealand thanks to the quick thinking that saved his life. The 30-year-old was fished out by a helicopter after more than three hours in the ocean, where he managed to remain afloat thanks to an impromptu life-saving vest, made out of a pair of jeans.
The man was thrown off board as he and his brother were on a yacht that they were set to deliver to Brazil from Auckland in New Zealand. Arne was knocked off because of a loose mainsheet, with his arm tangled in a rope and without any life jacket. His brother tried to throw it at him, but the unfortunate tourist was already too far out.
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“Luckily, I knew the trick with the jeans. Without the jeans I wouldn’t be here today, they were really the thing that saved me… I saw it many years ago and I always thought if I ever go overboard without a life jacket I’m going to do that”, he recalled, coming up with an idea to transform the pants into a buoyancy aide using a Navy Seal trick.
According to his interview to the Herald on Sunday, the man took a deep breath, put off his…