Family Issues

Maryland Man Swam Five Hours From Capsized Boat to Save Family

Found someone to help at 1am


John Franklin Riggs left family members clinging to a capsized boat in a sea of stinging jellyfish, swimming miles and climbing rocks at the shoreline in pitch blackness to reach help at the first house he saw.

"He came to the right house," said Angela Byrd, whose dog's barking awakened her quiet house in Chance at about 1 a.m. Wednesday morning. There stood Riggs, soaking wet and barefoot.