By Jonathan Franklin
"The most sensible survival booklet in a decade" (Outside magazine), 438 Days is the real tale of the fisherman who survived fourteen months in a small boat drifting seven thousand miles around the Pacific Ocean.
On November 17, 2012, a couple of fishermen left the coast of Mexico for a weekend fishing journey within the open Pacific. That evening, a violent hurricane ambushed them as they have been fishing 80 miles offshore. As gale strength winds and ten-foot waves pummeled their small, open boat from either side and approximately capsized them, captain Salvador Alvarenga and his crewmate lower away a two-mile-long fishing line and commenced a determined sprint via crashing waves as they sought the protection of port.
Fourteen months later, on January 30, 2014, Alvarenga, now a bushy, wild-bearded and half-mad castaway, washed ashore on a virtually abandoned island at the some distance aspect of the Pacific. He might slightly converse and was once not able to stroll. He claimed to have drifted from Mexico, a trip of a few seven thousand miles.
438 Days is the first-ever account of 1 of the main notable survival tales nowa days. in accordance with dozens of hours of specific interviews with Alvarenga, his colleagues, search-and-rescue officers, the distant islanders who discovered him, and the scientific group that stored his lifestyles, 438 Days is an unforgettable learn of the resilience, will, ingenuity and resolution required for one guy to outlive greater than a yr misplaced and adrift at sea.
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438 Days: An Extraordinary True Story of Survival at Sea by Jonathan Franklin