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    Re: Survival At Sea
    From: John Germain
    Date: 2002 Sep 27, 00:29 +0000

    I may have missed this, but how did Mr. V.P. manage for water?
    
    Blood, yes: also good for salt replacement, but in the long term?
    
    Basic distillation from seawater? (Thinking plastic bottles and black bags?) ?
    
    Curiously,
    
    John Germain
    
    
    > ** Original Subject: Re: Survival At Sea
    > ** Original Sender: Peter Fogg 
    > ** Original Date: Fri, 27 Sep 2002 00:22:44 +0100
    
    > ** Original Message follows...
    
    >
    > Later in the day I heard that he had been living on his boat in LA. At 62, his
    > chances of getting another boat (= life, in his case, maybe) would seem minimal,
    > which is why he may have been better off with a little practical help, as he
    > requested, rather than having his boat scuttled.
    >
    > Brian Whatcott wrote:
    >
    > > At 06:23 PM 9/25/02, you wrote:
    > > >... the news story on the Los Angeles sailor in his
    > > >26' boat who went for a short sail and 3 months later was found adrift but in
    > > >fine form off the coast of Costa Rica. This morning on 2 channels heard the
    > > >same story, accompanied by pictures and film of interview with Mr Van Pham,
    > > >on Sydney TV. Maybe its a slow news day but in any case its a great story.
    > > >When he was rescued he had up a jury-rigged sail, meals for the future were
    > > >perched, still alive and waiting (sea-birds) on his improvised bowsprit,  his
    > > >only problem for the medium term seemed to be running out of wooden bits of
    > > >his boat to burn for fuel! Have to wonder whether he wasn't better off out
    > > >there than back in LA with no boat and no family or friends (apparently).
    > >
    > > The crew that resued him from his extended day trip to Catalina Island,
    > > were so taken with his survival spirit, they took up
    > > a collection of a few hundred bucks to help him with his next transition.
    > > They said his first impulse was to ask for help in fixing up his vessel so
    > > he could sail back himself. They talked him into scuttling the craft.
    > >
    > > (NPR radio report)
    > >
    > > Brian Whatcott
    > >    Altus OK                      Eureka!
    
    
    >** --------- End Original Message ----------- **
    
    >
    
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