New Jersey Man Writes Desperate Letter During Hurricane Sandy
A man named Mike Iann thought he was dying when the waves from Hurricane Sandy were destroying his grandparents’ river home last week and then, as he tried to escape through the front door, they carried him into the bay. left behind a note to his father in case he didn't survive.
With the flood waters at least 10-feet deep, he somehow managed navigate to a house in his neighborhood, which he broke into in order to get a blanket and jacket to try to stave off hypothermia. He wrapped himself in towels and wrote a letter to the homeowner saying he didn't take anything. He also left a phone number to tell his father that he loved him because he was certain he was going to die.
The letter read: "Who ever reads this I'm DIEING - I'm 28 yrs old my name is Mike. I had to break in to your house. I took blankets off the couch. I have hypothermia. I didn't take any thing. A wave thru me out of my house down the block. I don't think I'm going to make it. The water outside is 10ft deep at least. There's no rescue. Tell my dad I love him and I tried getting out. His ... name is Tony. I hope u can read this I'm in the dark. I took a black jacket too. Goodbye. God all mighty help me."
The homeowner returned to find the note but not the man, and she posted a photo of the note on her Facebook page. He said he was rescued by a man named Frank on a personal watercraft who drove him to a house, gave him clothes and hot chocolate.
Mike has since been reunited with his family.