Not Romantic at All

Adrift

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I remember reading  Swiss Family Robinson and Robinson Crusoe when I was a kid. It seemed so adventurous, and tested the ability of those involved to survive in precarious situations.  Even Mutiny on the Bounty had a rather romantic ending, and being cast adrift seemed to be not such a bad thing.

Then I read a true story of some people whose boat was wrecked in a storm.  I don’t remember the name of the book, but I do remember that their experience was anything but romantic and adventurous.  It was a nightmare.  Once the rations that were stored ahead in the lifeboat were used up, it became nothing more than slow torture as they drifted to nowhere.

Hot sun, no wind, very little potable water; no clothing to keep their skin from burning, nothing to protect them from whatever weather they encountered.  A couple of them died, and there was even talk among the survivors about cannabalism.  They ended up voting against it, and simply dumped the bodies over the side.

When they were finally rescued, they were all hospitalized for a variety of ills. Some of them suffered terrible nightmares, and what we would recognize today as Post-Traumatic Stress.  None of them looked back fondly on their days together in an inflatable lifeboat.

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I love the ocean, but not the idea of being adrift at sea.

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2 thoughts on “Not Romantic at All

  1. I can easily see that the reality is far different from the idyllic version where a friendly wave carries you speedily along and sets you down on a lovely sandy beach.

    I once read (?) Michelle Hamilton’s book A Mighty Tempest, telling how she was adrift for about four days after the ocean currents swept her (on an outrigger canoe) away from her Philippine Island vacation. She was wearing only a bikini and looked like a boiled lobster after a day in the sun, plus she endured a horrific storm the first night. And circling sharks. Finally she saw a boat — but who was it? Pirates who’d murder her? Thankfully they were kind fishermen who rescued her and took her to Manila. It was a miracle she survived. Fun? No!

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