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8 incredible real-life castaway stories

Tom Neale on his beach

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Tom Neale

Neale was a New Zealander bushcraft and survival enthusiast who willingly stranded himself on the island of Anchorage in the remote Suwarrow atoll of the Cook Islands. He spent an astounding 16 years during three different sessions of living and surviving alone on the tropical island. His story is immortalized in his autobiography, "An Island to Oneself," which chronicles his time on Anchorage.