Andrea Doria sinking: Boca Raton man survived sinking, rescued children

Jerry Reinert stands next to the white shirt he wore in July 1956 while helping survivors of the Andrea Doria. (Post photo/Bruce Bennett)

Jerry Reinert stands next to the white shirt he wore in July 1956 while helping survivors of the Andrea Doria. (Post photo/Bruce Bennett)

Last night, July 25th, marked 60 years since the sinking of the Andrea Doria.

The fatally-injured Andrea Doria lies on her side, shortly before disappearing beneath the waves. (Post file photo)

The fatally-injured Andrea Doria lies on her side, shortly before disappearing beneath the waves. (Post file photo)

At age 21,  Jerry Reinert, who now lives in Boca Raton, nearly died in the sinking of the fabled Andrea Doria passenger ship, after it collided with

another liner off Nantucket at 11 p.m. the night of July 25, 1956.

Instead, he became an accidental hero that foggy night – and a changed man.

“The worst had already happened and I survived,” he says.

Read about how the events of that night on the cold dark waters of the Atlantic taught Reinert a lesson he’s never forgotten: “Boca Raton hero rescued children off sinking Andrea Doria 60 years ago”

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