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    Re: Survival At Sea
    From: Peter Fogg
    Date: 2002 Sep 27, 09:13 +1000

    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!

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