Number of page: 288
Publisher: Atria Books, 2015
Category: Biography & Autobiography
“The best survival book in a decade” (Outside magazine), 438 Days is the true story of the fisherman who survived fourteen months in a small boat drifting seven thousand miles across the Pacific Ocean.On November 17, 2012, a pair of fishermen left the coast of Mexico for a weekend fishing trip in the open Pacific. That night, a violent storm ambushed them as they were fishing eighty miles offshore. As gale force winds and ten-foot waves pummeled their small, open boat from all sides and nearly capsized them, captain Salvador Alvarenga and his crewmate cut away a two-mile-long fishing line and began a desperate dash through crashing waves as they sought the safety of port. Fourteen months later, on January 30, 2014, Alvarenga, now a hairy, wild-bearded and half-mad castaway, washed ashore on a nearly deserted island on the far side of the Pacific. He could barely speak and was unable to walk. He claimed to have drifted from Mexico, a journey of some seven thousand miles. 438 Days is the first-ever account of one of the most amazing survival stories in modern times. Based on dozens of hours of exclusive interviews with Alvarenga, his colleagues, search-and-rescue officials, the remote islanders who found him, and the medical team that saved his life, 438 Days is an unforgettable study of the resilience, will, ingenuity and determination required for one man to survive more than a year lost and adrift at sea.
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438 DAYS: An Extraordinary True Story of Survival at Sea One man’s grueling odyssey across the Pacific Ocean on a crippled 25-foot fishing vessel. Documentarian and journalist Franklin (33 Men: Inside the Miraculous Survival and Dramatic Rescue of the Chilean Miners, 2011) meticulously re-creates the harrowing voyage of Salvador Alvarenga, a fisherman whose boat lost motor power hours after leaving the coast of Mexico and was cast adrift upon the ocean
- A Google User
Review: 438 Days: An Extraordinary True Story of Survival at Sea 438 DAYS is the miraculous account of the man who survived alone and adrift at sea longer than anyone in recorded history as told to journalist Jonathan Franklin in dozens of exclusive interviews. On November 17, 2012, Salvador Alvarenga left the coast of Mexico for a twoday fishing trip. A vicious storm killed his engine and the current dragged his boat out to sea. The storm picked up and blasted
- M. Emery
A beautiful telling of a brave lost fisherman’s survival at sea for 14 months!
- Edith Rodriguez
What a remarkable story! With such a powerful message !!
- Pervas Switzer
- Martin Bertram
438 Days I enjoyed the book very much, makes me appreciate my life more.
- Lisa Kosty
LibraryThing Review Unbelievable courage, creativity and skill! This story of marine survival opens with a lengthy introduction to Salvador Alvarenga before the storm drove his disabled boat deep in the open Pacific
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