On that occasion, Eastwood was aboard a World War II bomber plane after hitching a ride with a fellow serviceman. However, after the pair had flown through some severe weather conditions, it was decided that the craft would have to make a crash landing in the waters near Point Reyes.
And although Eastwood and the bomber’s pilot successfully landed, Eastwood was nevertheless cast into the Pacific Ocean. The frightening event found Eastwood in dangerous territory and miles away from any land. So, the Army veteran had no choice but to swim for his life – even as day turned to night.