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Man washes up in Marshall Islands 'after 16 months adrift'
afp ^ | 1/30/14 | afp

Posted on 01/31/2014 12:54:58 AM PST by Justice

Majuro (Marshall Islands) (AFP) - An emaciated man whose boat washed up on a remote Pacific atoll this week claims he survived 16 months adrift on the Pacific, floating more than 12,500 kilometres (8,000 miles) from Mexico, a researcher said Friday.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: adrift; boat; flyingfish; majuro; marshalislands; marshallislands; mexico; pacific
Amazing.
1 posted on 01/31/2014 12:54:58 AM PST by Justice
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To: Justice

Must have been a good fisherman.


2 posted on 01/31/2014 1:00:48 AM PST by gleeaikin
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To: Justice; Travis McGee

Pinging travis


3 posted on 01/31/2014 1:01:08 AM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: gleeaikin

It’s claimed he only used his hands... No net, no line, no nothing...


4 posted on 01/31/2014 1:05:10 AM PST by DB
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To: Justice
“floating more than 12,500 kilometres (8,000 miles) from Mexico”

That's a bit extreme. El Paso would have been closer.

5 posted on 01/31/2014 1:31:04 AM PST by BigCinBigD (...Was that okay?)
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To: Justice
"Fjeldstad said the man, dressed only in a pair of ragged underpants, claims he left Mexico for El Salvador in September 2012 with a companion who died mysteriously *burp* disappeared at sea several months ago.
6 posted on 01/31/2014 1:51:38 AM PST by OSHA (One despises and wants to destroy the United States, the other is a dead terrorist.)
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To: OSHA

Yes I was thinking the same, wonder if he resorted to cannibalism? What a dreadful prospect.


7 posted on 01/31/2014 1:58:41 AM PST by Justice
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To: Justice

Couldn’t blame him. Not that I’d enjoy the prospect. But survival does require priorities.


8 posted on 01/31/2014 2:10:19 AM PST by Norm Lenhart
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To: Norm Lenhart

Probably used him for turtle bait!


9 posted on 01/31/2014 2:28:23 AM PST by eastforker (Cruz for steam in 2016)
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To: Justice

“claims he left Mexico for El Salvador in September 2012”

He should be the new poster boy for navigational aids. Call Tom Tom or Garmin.


10 posted on 01/31/2014 2:28:29 AM PST by Artie (We are surrounded by MORONS)
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To: Artie

Better yet, make him a “navigator” for obamacare!


11 posted on 01/31/2014 2:56:56 AM PST by Fireone (Impeach and imprison, NOW! Treason and murder are still crimes.)
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To: OSHA
Any one hungry?
12 posted on 01/31/2014 3:46:39 AM PST by metesky (Brethren, leave us go amongst them! - Rev. Capt. Samuel Johnston Clayton - Ward Bond, The Searchers)
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To: Justice

I look forward to the movie... Sounds like a Tom Hanks kind of flick.


13 posted on 01/31/2014 4:03:29 AM PST by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: Justice


14 posted on 01/31/2014 4:06:35 AM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: Norm Lenhart; Justice

After the whaleship Essex was rammed by a large albino sperm whale, the survivors in one whaleboat drew lots and shot and ate the loser. The loser was a fourteen year old boy, and one of the “winners” offered to take his place, but he refused. When they got back to Nantucket, there was bad blood between the families of the survivors and the victim.


15 posted on 01/31/2014 4:11:45 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (In the long run, we are all dead.)
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To: Justice

Steve Stockman?


16 posted on 01/31/2014 4:16:24 AM PST by Rocky (The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those who speak it. George Orwell)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

The loser was the nephew of captain Pollard, the captain of the Essex. The captain offered to take the boys place. The boy, said no, that he could no longer go on. The person that drew the lot to “dispatch dinner” was the boys best friend. They had signed up for the voyage together.


17 posted on 01/31/2014 4:18:14 AM PST by X Fretensis
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To: Justice
And if she's still looking for him, he'll put back out to sea....

/johnny

18 posted on 01/31/2014 4:19:47 AM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

I remember reading something like that not very long ago. Helluva choice to have to make. Can’t blame the people for being PO’d at the survivors. Snacking on one’s kin might not engender happy thoughts.

But better hated than dead.


19 posted on 01/31/2014 4:24:50 AM PST by Norm Lenhart
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To: Norm Lenhart
Yeah, the continuing chronicles of Moby Dick.

20 posted on 01/31/2014 5:05:52 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Caligula / 0'Reid / 0'Pelosi)
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To: F15Eagle

I can see finding enough to eat in some places, but overall I don’t buy it. From Panama to Hawaii, I didn’t have enough rain to wet the decks a single time. Anybody in a liferaft in that region without a R/O water maker would die of thirst in any given month, much less 16 months. Only one dry month would kill a person adrift there, and out of 16 months, you would get a lot of totally dry months. Flat calm, and not a rain cloud to be seen for weeks.


21 posted on 01/31/2014 5:23:37 AM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Travis McGee
I agree with you completely. This was the first thing I thought, that a 10 day run of dry weather would have killed him. Did he have a desalinization kit? And even if he did, did he have multiple kits, because they only last for a little while.

I recall a story on a show called I should have died on Animal Planet, where a fellow, a single sailor, lost his boat early in a Spain-to-Caribbean voyage and floated in a life raft for 3 months, but he had 3 desalinization kits - and exhausted all three of them.

22 posted on 01/31/2014 5:30:21 AM PST by GreenAccord (Bacon Akbar)
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To: GreenAccord

That would be Steve Callahan, who wrote a superb book about it called “Adrift.”

http://www.amazon.com/Adrift-Seventy-six-Days-Lost-Sea-ebook/dp/B0042JSNQI/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1391176188&sr=1-1&keywords=adrift


23 posted on 01/31/2014 5:49:31 AM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
My first experience with the story of the whaleship Essex was an excellent book titled In the Heart of the Sea.
24 posted on 01/31/2014 5:56:11 AM PST by Scoutmaster (I'd rather be at Philmont)
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To: Travis McGee

Yeah, that’s the one. Oh man, I was worked up from the 60 minute episode. I might imagine the book would exasperate me all the more.


25 posted on 01/31/2014 6:13:09 AM PST by GreenAccord (Bacon Akbar)
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To: Scoutmaster

With all the whaling that went on in the 19th Century, it’s strange that there is only one recorded incident of a whale ramming & sinking a whaling ship.

Truth is stranger than fiction; what made Moby Dick an allegorical tale was the fanaticism of Captain Ahab; when the white whale rammed & sank the Pequod, or when the same actually happened to the Essex, in both instances it was simply cetacean logic: eliminate the threat.


26 posted on 01/31/2014 6:39:03 AM PST by elcid1970 ("In the modern world, Muslims are living fossils.")
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To: JoeProBono

WILLLLLLLSSSSSSSSSSSSSOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONNNNNNNNNNNNNNN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


27 posted on 01/31/2014 7:09:39 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: GreenAccord
Modern life rafts come with solar desalinators. Basically a floating plastic greenhouse with a black pan that distills ocean water. They can theoretically work forever if not physically broken.


28 posted on 01/31/2014 8:44:35 AM PST by varyouga
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To: Scoutmaster

I have a signed copy. Nathan Philbrick gave a talk at a bookstore on the Cape, and signed copies afterwards. He was the curator of the Nantucket Whaling Museum at the time. If you ever find yourself stranded on Nantucko, pay a visit.


29 posted on 01/31/2014 9:01:09 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (In the long run, we are all dead.)
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To: OSHA

“Ewwww, with a gammy leg?”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8sljSf7KVlQ


30 posted on 01/31/2014 9:04:46 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Justice

Amazing.


Why do I see the beginnings of an illegal immigration wave ?


31 posted on 01/31/2014 10:12:16 AM PST by S.O.S121.500 (Had Enough Yet ?............................ Enforce the Bill of Rights............ It's the LAW !!!)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

Thank you for the offer of hospitality. I’d find the whaling museum fascinating, as well as anything having to do with vintage Nantucket Lightship Baskets.


32 posted on 01/31/2014 10:28:16 AM PST by Scoutmaster (I'd rather be at Philmont)
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To: JoeProBono
Wilson with an Afro?

5.56mm

33 posted on 01/31/2014 10:30:11 AM PST by M Kehoe
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To: Travis McGee

I knew you had done quite a bit of sailing, so I figured you’d be on top of it.


34 posted on 01/31/2014 3:31:36 PM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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