In 1986 Desireé Rodriguez Campuzano was on a boat fishing with her dad, mom, sister, aunt and uncle when the boat capsized. Desireé was just 9 years old and was the only one to survive. She floated in the ocean off Catalina Island for a whole day, until she was saved by 2 men on a commercial fishing boat - Mark Pisano and Paul Strasser.
Desireé tried to find the men for years to thank them. It wasn’t until recently that she got that chance, thanks to a fishing podcast.
Philip Friedman interviewed Mark about the event and a caller said she thought she knew Desiree. Philip and Desiree connected and planned a meet up with the fishermen. About 10 minutes into the meeting, she revealed to Mark and Paul that she was the girl they saved.
Paul said “I feel like she’s sort of our daughter, in a way, because we brought her back to life. Even though we never knew each other.”