A man who fell off the back of a lobster boat while fellow crewmembers slept was found 43 miles south of Montauk today. Wearing nothing but shorts and a T-shirt, John Aldridge, 45, was pulled from the water about 40 miles from where he was last seen Tuesday night aboard the 44-foot lobster vessel Anna Mary. He was missing for almost 12 hours, and he told CBS 2 that he owes his survival to his rubber boots helping him keep afloat. At one point, he said sharks were circling him.

Two 87-foot rescue patrol boats, two rescue helicopters and aircraft, plus local fishing vessels searched a 660 square mile area for Aldridge before he was spotted by a helicopter. A rescue swimmer was lowered down and Aldridge was hoisted to safety. "It was pretty miraculous that we found him because this is rare," Petty Officer Erik Swanson with the New York Coast Guard told the Daily News.

Aldridge was treated for dehydration, exposure and hypothermia. It's still unclear what brand of boots saved Aldridge's life.