20 Phenomenal Stories of People Who Were Lost At Sea – Yet Survived Against All the Odds

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Image: via SailingEurope
Image: via SailingEurope

15. Steven Callahan

Inventor and naval architect Steve Callahan was attempting a transatlantic crossing when his boat was struck by a large, unknown object in the night, possibly a whale. Consequently, his vessel sank but he managed to secure a life raft and some essential equipment. He then survived at sea for 76 days by distilling sea water with a solar-powered still and hunting fish with a spear gun. Exhausted but basically unharmed, he was eventually picked up by fishermen.

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Image: via TheAustralian
Image: via TheAustralian

14. Matthew Bryce

Matthew Bryce was surfing at Machrihanish beach, near Campbeltown in Scotland, when he was suddenly swept 13 miles out to sea. The 22-year-old spent the next 32 hours drifting in chilly open waters. However, he survived the ordeal thanks to his protective wetsuit and his surfboard, which he used as a buoyancy aid. Nevertheless, Bryce was suffering from hypothermia by the time a helicopter from the Belfast Coastguard located him.

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