Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Hampton Fisherman Recovers from Death-Defying Injury

HAMPTON — It's been five months since David Goethel last set sail on his 44-foot stern trawler vessel named the Ellen Diane. The commercial fisherman from Hampton says he's itching to get back at sea to do what he loves.

The 57-year-old has been home recovering from injuries sustained in a Sept. 15 accident at the Hampton State Pier, where he fell from his boat nearly 25 feet to the ground.

"It's a miracle that he's even here right now," said his wife Ellen Goethel. "All the doctors have said the same thing — that his recovery has been nothing short of miraculous."

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