"From the photo I saw the one guy was much larger than the other and anyone that has been in cold water knows that fat will save you. I would wager a bet that the heavier guy survived.
All these sad stories could have had a much different outcome if they just had a Personal Locator Beacon, I keep one tried to my PFD and also have survival gear for all on-board.
They had a 30 foot boat, safety gear is cheap when you think about it!!!"
Your bet was right, the fatter one of the two survived. Crazy story though, he said in the interview that he was helucinating a lot before he finally got to one of the rigs he was swimming for. How they had a long conversation before they decided that both of them were not going to survive. That has to be one of the hardest things...to leave your buddy of twenty five years behind like that. I guess no one really knows what they are going to do in a situation like that until it happens to them. Stay prepared, and practice for the worst case scenerio. good fishing!