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Dramatic Video Shows Man Rescued After 20 Hours Treading Water

William Durden fell off his boat into the Gulf of Mexico without a lifejacket.

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A former Navy pilot was rescued by the Coast Guard after spending 20 hours treading water in the Gulf of Mexico.

Video shared by the Coast Guard shows a man jumping in the water to rescue William Durden.

Durden, 61, fell out of his boat when he was tried to grab a fishing pole while the boat was in gear. Durden fell without a lifejacket, according to the Associated Press.

When he didn't return home from a planned fishing trip, Durden's wife called authorities and his boat was located near St. Martins Keys, 60 miles north of Tampa.

Durden is reportedly in good condition following his rescue.

Mary Ann Georgantopoulos is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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