18. Burmese Fishermen
In 2009 two Burmese fishermen fought off sharks, starvation and the elements for 25 days after their fishing boat sank off the north coast of Australia. While the other 18 members of the crew perished, the pair survived against the odds by sheltering in a tiny ice box measuring just 5ft by 4ft and drinking rain water. Eventually, they managed to catch the attention of an Australian Coastwatch aircraft flying overhead, who then alerted a rescue team.
17. Samu Perez, Filo Filo, and Edward Nasau
Samu Perez, Filo Filo and Edward Nasau set sail in a small aluminum boat in the South Pacific in October 2010 and promptly vanished. Moreover, friends and family of the Samoan teens were so convinced that they’d perished that they organized a memorial service. While their memorial was taking place, however, the trio were still clinging to life in their tiny boat. Thankfully, the boys were eventually found by a tuna fishing crew off the coast of Fiji 50 days later.
16. Terry Jo Duperrault
Terry Jo Duperrault was just 11 years of age when she found herself lost at sea in the most horrific of circumstances. The young girl had been vacationing off the Florida coast with her parents, brother and sister. However, she awoke one night to find the ship sinking and that the rest of her family had been murdered by the captain. Duperrault escaped on a dinghy but then had to endure three days of hypothermia, hunger and thirst before being rescued by a Greek freighter.