Lost at Sea
Shortly before that guy was found, there was another sailor found off California who had been drifting for a month or two. He had broken his mast and his engine had died, but again, he was not that far offshore that one would think that somehow he could jury rig soemthing to make landfall. Both of these stories don''t sound right - something is fishy. Even w/o a compass one can watch the sun move across the shy and at least get a rough idea of the direction you need to go.