Ask me about the time I pulled two of Admiral Rickover’s guys from the drink

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By “drink” I mean water. However, I understand how you might’ve thought I meant cocktails.

By “Admiral Rickover’s guys” I mean two former staff members serving Admiral Hyman Rickover, deemed “Father of the Nuclear Navy,” retired in 1982.

Plagiarized from Wikipedia: Admiral is one of the highest ranks in some navies. In the Commonwealth nations and the United States, a “full” admiral is equivalent to a “full” general in the army, and is above vice admiral and below admiral of the fleet, or fleet admiral. In NATO, admirals have a rank code of OF-9 as a four-star rank.

Shown is Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson, also known simply as Admiral Nelson, famous one-eyed, one-armed bad ass of the British Royal Navy.

Long story made short: I was out sailing on a very cold gray snotty morning and saw what I thought were a couple of fisherman waving. Usually fishermen don’t wave at sailboats. It turned out it was two guys on the overturned hull of a Thistle sailing dinghy. The thing had turtled yet, oddly enough, one guy was dry except for one pants leg. The other guy was in the water hanging on in 47 degree water.With the help of my buddy, I dropped my sails and backed up within five feet—steering clear of lines that may have gotten tangled in my prop. The guy in the water was so weak we barely got him aboard. He was taken down below, stripped and wrapped in a sleeping bag. The other guy told us about Admiral Rickover.