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8 incredible real-life castaway stories

By: Bryan Nelson on March 20, 2014, 4:47 p.m.
Steven Callahan's liferaft

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Steven Callahan

Steven Callahan is a sailor most notable for having survived 76 days adrift in 1981 on the Atlantic Ocean in an inflatable life raft that measured a mere 6 feet across. After his sloop was wrecked, likely by a collision with a whale, Callahan collected what he could from the sinking ship, including a life-saving spear gun and solar stills for producing drinking water.

He survived mostly off mahi-mahi and triggerfish, along with flying fish, barnacles and birds that he captured. After being adrift for about 1,800 nautical miles, he was rescued off the island of Marie Galante, southeast of Guadeloupe. His incredible journey is documented in the book "Adrift: Seventy-Six Days Lost at Sea."