438 Days

An Extraordinary True Story of Survival at Sea
Author: Jonathan Franklin
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1501116304
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 288
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"The miraculous account of the man who survived alone and adrift at sea longer than anyone in recorded history--as told to journalist Jonathan Franklin in dozens of exclusive interviews"--

438 Days

An Extraordinary True Story of Survival at Sea
Author: Jonathan Franklin
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1501116312
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 288
View: 1930
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“The best survival book in a decade” (Outside magazine), 438 Days is the true story of the fisherman who survived fourteen months in a small boat drifting seven thousand miles across the Pacific Ocean. On November 17, 2012, a pair of fishermen left the coast of Mexico for a weekend fishing trip in the open Pacific. That night, a violent storm ambushed them as they were fishing eighty miles offshore. As gale force winds and ten-foot waves pummeled their small, open boat from all sides and nearly capsized them, captain Salvador Alvarenga and his crewmate cut away a two-mile-long fishing line and began a desperate dash through crashing waves as they sought the safety of port. Fourteen months later, on January 30, 2014, Alvarenga, now a hairy, wild-bearded and half-mad castaway, washed ashore on a nearly deserted island on the far side of the Pacific. He could barely speak and was unable to walk. He claimed to have drifted from Mexico, a journey of some seven thousand miles. 438 Days is the first-ever account of one of the most amazing survival stories in modern times. Based on dozens of hours of exclusive interviews with Alvarenga, his colleagues, search-and-rescue officials, the remote islanders who found him, and the medical team that saved his life, 438 Days is an unforgettable study of the resilience, will, ingenuity and determination required for one man to survive more than a year lost and adrift at sea.

438 Days

An Extraordinary True Story of Survival at Sea
Author: Jonathan Franklin
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 1509800166
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: N.A
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On 17th November, 2012, Salvador Alvarenga left the coast of Mexico for a two-day fishing trip. A vicious storm killed his engine and the current dragged his boat out to sea. The storm picked up and carried him West, deeper into the heart of the Pacific Ocean. Alvarenga would not touch solid ground again for 14 months. When he was washed ashore on January 30th, 2014, he had drifted over 9,000 miles. Three dozen cruise ships and container vessels passed nearby. Not one stopped for the stranded fisherman. He considered suicide on multiple occasions - including offering himself up to a pack of circling sharks. But Alvarenga developed a method of survival that kept his body and mind intact long enough for the Pacific Ocean to spit him up onto a remote palm-studded island. Crawling ashore, he was saved by a local couple living in their own private castaway paradise. Based on dozens of hours of interviews with Alvarenga and his colleagues, search and rescue officials, the medical team that saved his life and the remote islanders who nursed him back to normality, this is an epic tale of survival and one man's incredible story of beating the ultimate odds.

Adrift

Seventy-six Days Lost at Sea
Author: Steven Callahan
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780547526560
Category: Travel
Page: 256
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Before The Perfect Storm, before In the Heart of the Sea, Steven Callahan’s dramatic tale of survival at sea was on the New York Times bestseller list for more than thirty-six weeks. In some ways the model for the new wave of adventure books, Adrift is an undeniable seafaring classic, a riveting firsthand account by the only man known to have survived more than a month alone at sea, fighting for his life in an inflatable raft after his small sloop capsized only six days out. “Utterly absorbing” (Newsweek), Adrift is a must-have for any adventure library.

Alone

Lost Overboard in the Indian Ocean
Author: Brett Archibald
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
ISBN: 1250143314
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 384
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"Solitude is terrifying and awe-inspiring in Alone." —The Wall Street Journal In April 2013, fifty-year-old Brett Archibald was on board a surf-charter boat, making a night-time crossing of the remote Mentawai Strait off Sumatra, Indonesia. In the middle of a storm, ill with severe food poisoning, he blacked out. When he came to, he found himself in the raging sea, sixty miles from shore. As Brett saw the lights of his boat disappearing into the darkness, it became clear that no one had seen him fall, and that no one would hear his shouts for help. He was alone in the ocean. It would be eight hours before his friends realized he was missing. At that point a frantic search began for a single man somewhere in thousands of square miles of heaving waves. The rough weather meant that no planes or helicopters could assist in the search. According to the experts, he should have died within ten to fourteen hours. Instead, Brett battled Portuguese man o' war and jellyfish, sharks, seagulls, and the stormy seas for more than 28 hours. Alone is the remarkable tale of his miraculous survival and rescue. It is also the story of what it takes to defy extraordinary odds and the incredible power of the human spirit.

When I Fell From the Sky

The True Story of One Woman's Miraculous Survival
Author: Juliane Koepcke
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1857889452
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 264
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On Christmas Eve 1971, the packed LANSA flight 508 from Lima to Pucallpa was struck by lightning and went down in dense jungle hundreds of miles from civilization. Of its 93 passengers, only one survived. Juliane Koepcke, the seventeen-year-old child of famous German zoologists. She'd been thrown from the plane two miles above the forest canopy, but had sustained only a broken collarbone and a cut on her leg. With incredible courage, instinct and ingenuity, she survived three weeks in the "green hell" of the Amazon - using the skills she'd learned in assisting her parents on their research trips into the jungle - before coming across a loggers hut, and, with it, safety. Now she tells her fascinating story for the first time, and in doing so tells us about her 'Gerald Durrell' childhood - with a menagerie of wild, exotic and sometimes dangerous pets - about how she learned to survive at her parents ecological station deep in the rainforest and about her present-day commitment to this wildlife as a biologist and dedicated environmentalist.

Survive the Savage Sea


Author: Dougal Robertson
Publisher: Sheridan House, Inc.
ISBN: 9780924486739
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 217
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Dougal Roberts is a writer and sailing enthusiast.

Last Man Off

A True Story of Disaster and Survival on the Antarctic Seas
Author: Matt Lewis
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0147515343
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 256
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"A sinister version of The Perfect Storm. Thrilling."--Sunday Times (UK) For readers of The Perfect Storm, Between a Rock and a Hard Place, and Into the Wild There's nothing that armchair adventure lovers relish more than a gripping true story of disaster and heroism, and Last Man Off delivers all that against a breathtaking backdrop of icebergs and killer whales. On June 6, 1998, twenty-three-year-old Matt Lewis had just started his dream job as a scientific observer aboard a deep-sea fishing boat in the waters off Antarctica. As the crew haul in the line for the day, a storm begins to brew. When the captain vanishes and they are forced to abandon ship, Lewis leads the escape onto three life rafts, where the battle for survival begins.

Red Sky in Mourning

A True Story of Love, Loss, and Survival at Sea
Author: Tami Oldham Ashcraft,Susea McGearhart
Publisher: Hyperion
ISBN: 9780786886760
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 240
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In a true-life story of adventure and survival, the author describes how a sailing trip with her fianc turned to tragedy after they inadvertently sailed into a hurricane that left her injured and her fianc swept overboard, and her forty-one-day ordeal traveling to safety, without a motor or masts. Reprint. 50,000 first printing.

Skeletons on the Zahara

A True Story of Survival
Author: Dean King
Publisher: Little, Brown
ISBN: 9780759509696
Category: History
Page: 368
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A masterpiece of historical adventure, Skeletons on the Zahara chronicles the true story of twelve American sailors who were shipwrecked off the coast of Africa in 1815, captured by desert nomads, sold into slavery, and subjected to a hellish two-month journey through the perilous heart of the Sahara. The western Sahara is a baking hot and desolate place, home only to nomads and their camels, and to locusts, snails and thorny scrub--and its barren and ever-changing coastline has baffled sailors for centuries. In August 1815, the US brig Commerce was dashed against Cape Bojador and lost, although through bravery and quick thinking the ship's captain, James Riley, managed to lead all of his crew to safety. What followed was an extraordinary and desperate battle for survival in the face of human hostility, starvation, dehydration, death and despair. Captured, robbed and enslaved, the sailors were dragged and driven through the desert by their new owners, who neither spoke their language nor cared for their plight. Reduced to drinking urine, flayed by the sun, crippled by walking miles across burning stones and sand and losing over half of their body weights, the sailors struggled to hold onto both their humanity and their sanity. To reach safety, they would have to overcome not only the desert but also the greed and anger of those who would keep them in captivity. From the cold waters of the Atlantic to the searing Saharan sands, from the heart of the desert to the heart of man, Skeletons on the Zahara is a spectacular odyssey through the extremes and a gripping account of courage, brotherhood, and survival.

66 Days Adrift

A True Story of Disaster and Survival on the Open Sea
Author: William Butler,Bill Butler
Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional
ISBN: 9780071438742
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 288
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The author recalls his harrowing two-month ordeal in a rubber life raft with his wife after their sloop was rammed by whales and sunk, plunging them into a nightmare of survival on the high seas, weathering storms, exposure to the elements, and sharks before they were finally rescued. Original. 30,000 first printing.

Jungle (Movie Tie-In Edition)

A Harrowing True Story of Survival in the Amazon
Author: Yossi Ghinsberg
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Inc.
ISBN: 1510718702
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 324
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Four travelers meet in Bolivia and set off into the heart of the Amazon rainforest, but what begins as a dream adventure quickly deteriorates into a dangerous nightmare, and after weeks of wandering in the dense undergrowth, the four backpackers split up into two groups. But when a terrible rafting accident separates him from his partner, Yossi is forced to survive for weeks alone against one of the wildest backdrops on the planet. Stranded without a knife, map, or survival training, he must improvise shelter and forage for wild fruit to survive. As his feet begin to rot during raging storms, as he loses all sense of direction, and as he begins to lose all hope, he wonders whether he will make it out of the jungle alive. The basis of an upcoming motion picture starring Daniel Radcliffe, Jungle is the story of friendship and the teachings of nature, and a terrifying true account that you won’t be able to put down.

A Speck in the Sea

A Story of Survival and Rescue
Author: John Aldridge,Anthony Sosinski
Publisher: Hachette Books
ISBN: 1602863296
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 320
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Soon to be a major motion picture! Now in Paperback: The harrowing adventure-at-sea memoir ("Terrific."-Daniel James Brown) recounting the 2013 search-and-rescue mission for lost Montauk fisherman John Aldridge. 5:14 a.m. I am floating in the middle of the night, and nobody in the world even knows I am missing. Nobody is looking for me. You can't get more alone than that. You can't be more lost. I've got too many people who love me. There's no way I'm dying like this. In the dead of night on July 24, 2013, John Aldridge was thrown off the back of the Anna Mary while his fishing partner, Anthony Sosinski, slept below. As desperate hours ticked by, Sosinski, the families, the local fishing community, and the U.S. Coast Guard in three states mobilized in an unprecedented search effort that culminated in a rare and exhilarating success. A tale of survival, perseverance, and community, A Speck in the Sea tells of one man's struggle to survive as friends and strangers work to bring him home. Aldridge's wrenching first-person account intertwines with the narrative of the massive, constantly evolving rescue operation designed to save him.

Into the Abyss

An Extraordinary True Story
Author: Carol Shaben
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
ISBN: 1455545627
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 336
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Only four men survived the plane crash. The pilot. A politician. A cop... and the criminal he was shackled to. On an icy night in October 1984, a commuter plane carrying nine passengers crashed in the remote wilderness of northern Alberta, killing six people. Four survived: the rookie pilot, a prominent politician, a cop, and the criminal he was escorting to face charges. Despite the poor weather, Erik Vogel, the 24-year-old pilot, was under intense pressure to fly. Larry Shaben, the author's father and Canada's first Muslim Cabinet Minister, was commuting home after a busy week at the Alberta Legislature. Constable Scott Deschamps was escorting Paul Archambault, a drifter wanted on an outstanding warrant. Against regulations, Archambault's handcuffs were removed-a decision that would profoundly impact the men's survival. As the men fight through the night to stay alive, the dividing lines of power, wealth, and status are erased, and each man is forced to confront the precious and limited nature of his existence.

The 33

The Ultimate Account of the Chilean Miners' Dramatic Rescue
Author: Jonathan Franklin
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 059306772X
Category: Copiapó Region (Chile)
Page: 303
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On 12 October 2010 the world's attention was fixed on a remote copper mine in the Atacama desert in Chile. Final preparations were underway for a daring rescue to bring to an end the longest underground entrapment in human history. 69 days earlier, 33 men were midway through a routine shift, deep in the San Jose mine. They stopped for their lunch break at the tiny safety shelter, 688 meters below the surface. Ten minutes later they heard an almighty crack and a deep rumbling sound. Clouds of dust and debris poured down on the choking men. The bombardment lasted for five hours. When it finally cleared the men began to explore the 6km of underground tunnels, caves and dead ends - only to discover they were trapped under tonnes of collapsed rock. They survived on the most meagre of rations believing an attempt to rescue them was underway: a spoonful of tuna fish and a half glass of milk every 48 hours. But as days turned to weeks, hope began to fade and as starvation set in, they prepared for a slow and agonizing death. 17 days after the collapse a drill finally reached them, they sent a note back to the surface: 'all 33 of us are well inside the shelter'. Now a 700 meter-long tunnel, the width of an orange connected them to the surface. Above ground at 'Camp Hope' the rescue team now included hundreds of geologists, engineers, psychologists, as well as the families of the men. Three separate rescue missions were launched, but hit one setback after another. 10 weeks after the collapse, and with the world watching, all 33 men would be brought safely to the surface. The 33is the remarkable story of their 10-week incarceration, half a mile below the surface - and the epic rescue mission which finally brought them back to life.

Touching the Void


Author: Joe Simpson
Publisher: Direct Authors
ISBN: 0957519303
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 216
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The 25th Anniversary ebook, now with more than 50 images. 'Touching the Void' is the tale of two mountaineer’s harrowing ordeal in the Peruvian Andes. In the summer of 1985, two young, headstrong mountaineers set off to conquer an unclimbed route. They had triumphantly reached the summit, when a horrific accident mid-descent forced one friend to leave another for dead. Ambition, morality, fear and camaraderie are explored in this electronic edition of the mountaineering classic, with never before seen colour photographs taken during the trip itself.

Lost in the Wild

Danger and Survival in the North Woods
Author: Cary Griffith
Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society
ISBN: 9780873516822
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: N.A
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"Lost in the Wild" is the true survival odysseys of two wilderness trekkers who entered the woods in search of tranquility but were forced to suffer dizzying confusion and unending frustration as they faced seemingly insurmountable hurdles in a race to survive.

Alone Against the North

An Expedition into the Unknown
Author: Adam Shoalts
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0143193996
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 304
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Finalist for the Legislative Assembly of Ontario's 2016 Young Authors Award Shortlisted for the 2017 Louise de Kiriline Award for Nonfiction The age of exploration is not over. When Adam Shoalts ventured into the largest unexplored wilderness on the planet, he hoped to set foot where no one had ever gone before. What he discovered surprised even him. Shoalts was no stranger to the wilderness. He had hacked his way through jungles and swamp, had stared down polar bears and climbed mountains. But one spot on the map called out to him irresistibly: the Hudson Bay Lowlands, a trackless expanse of muskeg and lonely rivers, caribou and wolf—an Amazon of the north, parts of which to this day remain unexplored. Cutting through this forbidding landscape is a river no explorer, trapper, or canoeist had left any record of paddling. It was this river that Shoalts was obsessively determined to explore. It took him several attempts, and years of research. But finally, alone, he found the headwaters of the mysterious river. He believed he had discovered what he had set out to find. But the adventure had just begun. Unexpected dangers awaited him downstream. Gripping and often poetic, Alone Against the North is a classic adventure story of single-minded obsession, physical hardship, and the restless sense of wonder that every explorer has in common. But what does exploration mean in an age when satellite imagery of even the remotest corner of the planet is available to anyone with a phone? Is there anything left to explore? What Shoalts discovered as he paddled downriver was a series of unmapped waterfalls that could easily have killed him. Just as astonishing was the media reaction when he got back to civilization. He was crowned “Canada’s Indiana Jones” and appeared on morning television. He was feted by the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and congratulated by the Governor General. People were enthralled by Shoalts’s proof that the world is bigger than we think. Shoalts’s story makes it clear that the world can become known only by getting out of our cars and armchairs, and setting out into the unknown, where every step is different from the one before, and something you may never have imagined lies around the next curve in the river.

Into Thin Air


Author: Jon Krakauer
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 0679462716
Category: Travel
Page: 320
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When Jon Krakauer reached the summit of Mt. Everest in the early afternoon of May 10,1996, he hadn't slept in fifty-seven hours and was reeling from the brain-altering effects of oxygen depletion. As he turned to begin the perilous descent from 29,028 feet (roughly the cruising altitude of an Airbus jetliner), twenty other climbers were still pushing doggedly to the top, unaware that the sky had begun to roil with clouds... Into Thin Air is the definitive account of the deadliest season in the history of Everest by the acclaimed Outside journalist and author of the bestselling Into the Wild. Taking the reader step by step from Katmandu to the mountain's deadly pinnacle, Krakauer has his readers shaking on the edge of their seat. Beyond the terrors of this account, however, he also peers deeply into the myth of the world's tallest mountain. What is is about Everest that has compelled so many poeple--including himself--to throw caution to the wind, ignore the concerns of loved ones, and willingly subject themselves to such risk, hardship, and expense? Written with emotional clarity and supported by his unimpeachable reporting, Krakauer's eyewitness account of what happened on the roof of the world is a singular achievement. From the Paperback edition.

Alone

Orphaned on the Ocean
Author: Richard D. Logan,Tere Duperrault Fassbender
Publisher: Berkley
ISBN: 9780425242087
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 229
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Co-authored by a psychologist and survival expert, this book delves into the details of how a little girl survived the at-sea murder of her family; the pod of whales who guarded her; and the aftermath and the recapturing of life. Reprint.