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post #1 of Old 12-28-2002 Thread Starter
Stede
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Lost at Sea

I just read an article about the Coast Guard picking up some guy in a 23ft.sailboat.He had been lost at sea for 74 days.The Coast Guard found him about 60 miles off the Carolinas coast after searching a 8000 sq.mile area.When the CG got the guy,he commented that he had "died a month ago."Before the guy disappeared,apparently the last place he had been seen was Miami.This whole thing seemed pretty strange.A few questions came to mind.How could anyone not make landfall on a sailboat somewhere in the U.S.within 74 days.Had he just steered West by compass, he''d have to hit the states somewhere.If he didn''t have a compass,what was he doing sailing out of site of land to begin with?The article didn''t provide any additional details.Maybe the guy was hurt, or the boat damaged or something? It''s great the CG found the guy,but the story clearly points out the importance of good seamanship.
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