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After reading the latest news from "The Telegraph", Uk news, this story is totally believable! His story is confirmed by family from US and El Salvador. He spoke to his daughter on Sunday by phone. What an ordeal. You skeptics, why?
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Look on this forum at 2006 thread, 3 sailors adrift for 9 months.
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After reading the latest news from "The Telegraph", Uk news, this story is totally believable! His story is confirmed by family from US and El Salvador. He spoke to his daughter on Sunday by phone. What an ordeal. You skeptics, why?
Not sure what you are reading, but the Telegraph is definitely skeptical of his "story".
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My first thought when I saw this story was to remember the story about the woman that swam across the Atlantic and made headlines, until a few days later it was pointed out to be fake.
I guess I'm just a skeptic by nature, but its an interesting read.
Reminds me of a great movie about the English guy that raced around the world, but then was to discovered to have not... what was the name of that movie?
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An open 24 ft boat could survive every single storm it encountered for a year? It would be interesting to see the presumed path and timeline overlay all hurricanes and tropic storms for the time period. Would it have been natural for nothing but current to move our castaway south of their path?

I do not think you could keep a 24ft open boat afloat through one. Much better boats have lost that battle, with well fed crews and modern equip.


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I do not think you could keep a 24ft open boat afloat through one. Much better boats have lost that battle, with well fed crews and modern equip.
Many 20-something foot boats--power, sail, rowed--have made long ocean passages. We don't know what this boat looked like, but it's certainly theoretically possible for a 24 foot boat to make it.
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Many 20-something foot boats--power, sail, rowed--have made long ocean passages. We don't know what this boat looked like, but it's certainly theoretically possible for a 24 foot boat to make it.
For me, it's not a question of whether a 24' boat could could survive more than a year in the open ocean. Rather, it's how long could a human survive in those conditions. My opinion is an emphatic NO. This is either a grand hoax, or a gross misinterpretation of how long he was actually out there.
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This is either a grand hoax, or a gross misinterpretation of how long he was actually out there.
Or a promo stunt for "Hangover IV"- the castaway looks very familiar...




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For me, it's not a question of whether a 24' boat could could survive more than a year in the open ocean. Rather, it's how long could a human survive in those conditions. My opinion is an emphatic NO. This is either a grand hoax, or a gross misinterpretation of how long he was actually out there.
These guys appeared to have done a nearly identical drift, albeit in a few months less time. If one was feasible, I don't see why the other is not.



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These guys appeared to have done a nearly identical drift, albeit in a few months less time. If one was feasible, I don't see why the other is not.
From the pics available on-line, that's pretty-much the same sort of boat.

Supposedly he sheltered during the day in a box normally used to hold the catch. One would presume, being a fishing boat, he had plenty of fishing gear so, assuming he didn't encounter any storms (possible in those lattitudes) it's theoretically possible.

Maybe time passes really quickly in South America??

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