It was meant to be a pretty basic fishing trip for Rex Willimon and six family members, but as we’ve learned, sometimes things don’t go as smooth as planned. A bit into their family adventure, the engine on Willimon’s boat cut out as water started to fill the bottom of the vessel. Immediately after putting out the mayday call, the boat sunk 20 miles or 32 kilometers off shore. With the bow being the only thing not completely submerged, Willimon and his six passengers tried to cling to it for their lives. The current was strong though, and under the hot sun, exhaustion was quick to set in. Unknown to the family, Rex’s mayday was cut short, so the Coast Guard only searched two miles off shore before calling off the search. The family’s 20-hour ordeal was met with curious sharks, near hypothermia, and more than enough time in the water to putt-off anyone from wanting to return to recreational fishing. Though conditions were grim, Willimon and his family survived the ordeal when the Coast Guard continued its search at the urging of Rex’s wife, Keisa.