BRADENTON, Fla. — A romantic first date of sushi and jet
skiing turned into a rough lesson in survival on an isolated
stretch of river in southwest Florida.
"It was like 'Survivor,'" said Jessica Lucarini, 26, who was
on her first date with 28-year-old Michael Eckhoff on Tuesday when
things went awry.
Their jet ski broke down about 6 p.m., stranding them in
mangroves on the bank of the Myakka River. The couple stumbled over
branches in waist-deep water for three hours until they found a
damp patch of sand. They made a small fire and shared sips of water
until a sheriff's helicopter spotted them at about 1 a.m.
The couple said they clicked during their ordeal.
"There will be a second date," Lucarini told The Herald in