A Remarkable Feat of Survival Off the Carolina Coast

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Louis Jordan
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A senior security consultant with Verizon Communications, Emblez Longoria focuses on ensuring that company assets are safeguarded at all times. Passionate about hiking and camping, Emblez Longoria maintains an interest in all aspects of wilderness survival.

One of the most remarkable survival stories of 2015 involved the rescue of Louis Jordan, who set off from Conway, South Carolina, on a routine fishing trip only to capsize at night, amid stormy weather. When he was rescued more than two months later by a German ship, he was still clinging to his upturned vessel, approximately 200 miles off the North Carolina coast.

Mr. Jordan was fortunate in many ways: with his vessel still afloat, he was in a region of the Pacific that receives abundant rain. Collecting rainwater as it fell, he drank about a pint each day. An experienced fisherman, he was able to procure a steady supply of fish. He was also fortunate to be found drifting in relatively warm Gulf Stream-fed waters, a distance out from the colder Carolina coast. Rescuers were surprised to see that Mr. Jordan displayed few signs of malnutrition, sunburn, or dehydration when found.

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Emblez Longoria

A Certified Protection Professional (CPP) and Physical Security Professional (PSP), Emblez Longoria claims more than two decades of experience in the security field. In 1988, Mr. Longoria enlisted with the New Jersey State Police, working his way up to Senior Trooper before retiring in 2003. In this role, Mr. Longoria served as an advanced crash investigator, a crime- and loss-prevention officer, and undercover agent, in addition to handling complex cases. He also was named a Squad Leader, supervising eight other officers. From 2002 to 2008, Emblez Longoria acted as a Certification Board Member, Vice Chairman, and Chairman of the Alexandria, Virginia-based Crime and Loss Prevention Council of ASIS International. While with the council, Mr. Longoria established a number of committees tasked with outlining security guidelines and best practices, among other contributions. In 2004, Mr. Longoria joined Verizon Communications Inc. as a Senior Security Consultant. He now assists with the protection of corporate assets and participates in a number of special security projects. Emblez Longoria graduated summa cum laude from Rosemont College with a Bachelor's degree in Management in 2003 and expects to receive his Master’s degree in Management in December 2011. An outdoorsman, Emblez Longoria enjoys backpacking, hiking, hunting, and fishing in his leisure time. He also frequently tests and reviews outdoor equipment. Mr. Longoria resides in Pennsylvania. Mr. Longoria has supported a number of nonprofit organizations, including The Salvation Army, Goodwill Industries International, Inc., and The Hunger Project.

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