It’s amazing what humans will do to survive, especially when the odds are stacked against them.
Everybody knows a good shipwreck yarn, or has heard a desperate tale of survival and will against all odds. Here are five of the best stories of courage and determination out on the high seas!
The Real Robertson Family Shipwreck. In the early seventies, the Robertson family were household names. After their boat was struck by a pod of whales off the Central American Coast, the family banded together and lived for 38 days on a small life-raft drifting aimlessly in the Pacific Ocean. The group dined on turtles and sharks caught with the aid of a spear fashioned out of a paddle. On July 23rd, 1972, a Japanese crew spotted a flare on the horizon and the family was found alive.
Shackleton’s Polar Expedition. Adventurer and pioneer Ernest Shackleton was one brave and determined man. Embarking on the Endurance in 1914m Shackleton’s expedition was ill fated from the get-go: the ship was trapped, resulting in a stranded expedition. Surviving in the Antarctic was a difficult enough endeavour, but Shackleton then decided to lead a crew of five on a desperate relief mission across a 1300 km expanse of open icy water. And all this was done in three small lifeboats. Amazingly, Shackleton and his team saved all 28 crewmen feared stranded in the ice.
Michael Ng’s Cooler. An inanimate object can sometimes be taken for granted, but Michael Ng has a genuine appreciation for the humble cooler. After a fishing excursion boat capsized, Mr. Ng drifted off the coast of Baja California for 16 hours. Thanks to the aid of a cooler he had found (filled with chocolate bars), he paddled for sixteen hours straight, enough for local Mexican fisherman to save him from the deep.
E. Z. Taylor’s Titanic Escapade. Elmer Zebley Taylor is said to have jumped into the sea a mere three minutes before the Titanic began its long descent to the sea floor. Mr. Taylor reported seeing ice on the deck and even sighted the 80 foot high iceberg. After jumping straight into the ocean, he was promptly scooped out of the freezing water by a nearby lifeboat.
For the less adventurous (and more sensible) among you, going out on the ocean need not be so treacherously difficult. I recently had a great high seas experience using Enigma Charters , Sydney’s best luxury Charter Boat service. I suggest you avoid the many perils of the deep and do the same!