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The Tale of the Couple Found a Drift at Sea the Other Day

This isn’t the story that I blogged about where the Cruise ship and the Coast Guard rescued the couple, this is another couple that were just found a drift this past week.

…The two placed notices stating their availability to sail boats for hire and hit paydirt when Clarke needed to get his boat, the J Bird, from Oahu to Hawaii.

Fredo, Luke and Allyson spent Sunday night on the sailboat, getting used to the vessel in preparation for Monday’s departure. Luke promised Allyson he would call often and if he couldn’t contact his parents, she would relay the duo’s status charting the Pacific Ocean…

…The duo had not made it far into the channel when the J Bird’s rudder broke. With its sails up, the boat began to spin. The big swells capsized the sailboat. Luke was washed into the cabin, then somehow flung to the edge of the bow when the weighted hull righted the boat. Fredo pulled him to safety.

The men lost their cell phones and the J Bird’s radio was destroyed when the sailboat turned over.

Fredo had the presence of mind to take down the sails and use them as a sea anchor to limit the boat’s drift. He also took the boat’s running lights off and hooked them to a generator, put them on a pole and fashioned an improvised strobe light. By the time night fell Monday, Luke and Fredo were adrift in the Pacific, engulfed in a blackness neither one had ever experienced.

Around midnight Monday a cargo ship passed the J Bird, saw the strobe and circled the boat, then moved off. In the light cast by the strobe, Luke saw sharks swimming alongside the sailboat.

Fredo remained confident they would be rescued. After the sun rose Tuesday, the two planned to ration what food they had and to catch some of the tuna following the boat.

The day passed slowly. The ocean was a vast, empty space…

Full Story:  “Galesburg couple’s son found after going a drift in the Pacific

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