Aaron Schwartzman And Brayden Bowersboth participants Charity Lawson “The Bachelorette” season, were and still are involved in a boating accident “Lucky to be alive.”
Terrifying boat accident in San Diego
Five men, including Aaron Schwartzman and Brayden Bowers, competed on Charity Lawson’s season of “The Bachelorette,” were involved in a boating accident during their fishing trip and were “lucky to be alive,” according to FOX.
The boat ended up underwater and sank 15 to 20 miles off the coast of San Diego. Fortunately, two people found the survivors and were able to bring them back to shore.
“It’s like you’re stuck and you’re helpless because there’s no service, we couldn’t send a distress signal at all, and all you have is hope, hope that someone finds you, hope that a helicopter flies over,” Aaron Schwartzman, owner of the boat, told FOX 5 on Monday.
Schwartzman said he and his friends were spending a fun day hanging out at sea, hoping to catch some fish, but things changed after they were stranded in the water for three and a half hours and about 15 miles offshore.
“I finally bought the boat of my dreams, or so I thought, so it would sink on me,” Schwartzman said.
“My buddy Gavin got his line stuck on the engine propeller, so Aaron just went to the back of the boat to lift the engine and try to untangle it…all of a sudden, as soon as he got up on the swim deck…the boat just sank,” Brayden Bowers, who was also on the boat, told FOX 5. He and his friend Brayden Bowers met while filming the final season of “The Bachelorette.”
Schwartzman is a member of Fire and Rescue
Luckily, Schwartzman is a member of Fire and Rescue, as are a few others involved with the group, and so they knew how to handle a situation like this – although they are still lucky to be alive.
“It never occurs to you as a rescuer that you might need to be rescued, but if you do, it’s good to know that people will act just as you do,” Schwartzman said. “You think about the next steps…. but… what are the next steps when you’re 15 miles out in the ocean, in a wind-swell situation?’ he added.
Bowers added, “We were just trying to paddle to shore, so we linked our arms, and we just started pedaling.”
Fortunately, the group of friends was spotted by two others, Chris Keeran and his cousin TJ, who noticed something reflective in the water while fishing.
“For whatever reason we came to see if there were any fish in there, and then we saw the boys in the water,” TJ said.
“We were looking for yellowfin tuna and then found a school of men,” Keeran added.
“We don’t consider ourselves heroes; we do what any other fisherman would consider doing,” Keeran said. “I am so grateful by the grace of God that we saw something reflective. Just the things that had to add up to achieve them. I mean, once we found them, that was our best catch of the day.
Aaron Schwartzman and Brayden Bowers will appear in the upcoming ‘Bachelor In Paradise’ season.