49 Days At Sea

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49 Days At Sea

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Re: 49 Days At Sea

Post by majorhavoc » Tue Sep 25, 2018 8:09 am

That is a remarkable story. I'm at work right now, but I'm going to see if I can more details tonight.

So many questions but I'll start with just one: how did that ramshackle hut survive 49 days out at open sea? He must have been extraordinarily lucky not to have encountered any serious storms.

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Re: 49 Days At Sea

Post by raptor » Tue Sep 25, 2018 5:10 pm

What I do not understand is where/how he got freshwater. That and the need to build a cooking fire.

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Re: 49 Days At Sea

Post by JeeperCreeper » Wed Sep 26, 2018 8:18 am

raptor wrote:
Tue Sep 25, 2018 5:10 pm
What I do not understand is where/how he got freshwater. That and the need to build a cooking fire.
The articles I read say that they don't know how he got water. And he was using raft pieces for fire fuel.

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Re: 49 Days At Sea

Post by majorhavoc » Wed Sep 26, 2018 1:44 pm

From the NPR piece: "He drank by sipping water from his clothes that had been wetted by sea water."

Yeah, that makes no sense to me either. The only thing I could come up with is that's what came out after being passed through an uninformed reporter's factual distortion filter. Maybe what went in was "he extracted fresh water from seawater-damped clothing using a solar still".

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Re: 49 Days At Sea

Post by raptor » Wed Sep 26, 2018 1:52 pm

Since the "craft" was made to stay at anchor "77 miles offshore" it is safe to assume it had a large water tank and likely a rain catchment system of some kind. Still the one thing that would kill him in ~3 days is no water. If he is cooking and needs a fire to do so we can also assume he caught fish which can provide liquids.

But yes there are a lot of questions in my mind. He drifted 1200 miles in 49 days so that is about right @ ~ 1 knot (x 24hrs x 49days)

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