At first they lost the mast, then they turned over …
Here is a sad story with a happy ending. In November, a resident of the US state of Tennessee, Pete Brown, along with several friends went on a yacht on a trip from Japan to Hawaii. And they seemed to be in a hopeless situation.
The way is far – almost 4 thousand nautical miles. In the first weeks of the trip, everything went fine, but once during a storm a yacht lost its mast. Okay, we’ve made temporary sailing weapons. Although they began to swim very slowly.
In mid-December – during another storm – a huge wave turned the boat upside down. “Those were terrible moments,” Pete recalls. – The water rose higher and higher, and with only incredible efforts we managed to return the yacht to its former position. But literally everything on it was damaged, and besides, we lost contact. They drifted, hoping that some passing ship would notice us. But they went day after day, and besides, we had almost no provisions left … ”
The first ship to appear on the horizon did not notice them. A week later (!), When another ship appeared, the poor fellows used fragments of a mirror, sending sunbeams to the ship. And it worked!
“When we were taken aboard the US Coast Guard, I couldn't hold back the tears,” Pete admits. – The rest also cried. We no longer believed that they would save us!
Fortunately, they saved. Now Pete Brown is in Hawaii, his wife and son flew to him. So this story, as we promised, has a very happy ending.
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