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US Boater Swims Hours to Puerto Rico after Falling Overboard

In this March 6, 2015, photo provided by Donna Thompson, shows her husband David Thompson at Virgen Gorda, British Virgin Islands. (Donna Thompson via AP)
In this March 6, 2015, photo provided by Donna Thompson, shows her husband David Thompson at Virgen Gorda, British Virgin Islands. (Donna Thompson via AP)

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The U.S. Coast Guard said a man from Michigan fell overboard north of Puerto Rico and swam roughly seven hours until he reached the U.S. territory.

Authorities on Tuesday said David Thompson was traveling to the Dominican Republic aboard his 49-foot (15-meter) boat when it was hit by a large wave. They said Thompson then swam until he reached Montones Beach in the northwest coastal town of Isabela on Monday.

They said he remains hospitalized. Thompson did not immediately return a message for comment.

The Coast Guard said it recovered Thompson's boat in the Mona Passage that separates Puerto Rico from the Dominican Republic.

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