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Enduring love? 1st date turns in to "Survivor"

Updated: August 16, 2006, 4:14 PM ET
Associated Press — Aug. 7, 2006

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 ...

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