Mysteries 29 Stories About Modern People Who Were Lost at Sea  

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Getting lost at sea: it’s not just for ancient explorers anymore. Tales of nautical horror happen even in modern times. If you thought drifting aimlessly on the open ocean ended with the invention of Google Maps, think again. Plenty of people in this lifetime have found themselves floating without supplies, a map, or hope of rescue.

Some of these hapless mariners survived after being adrift for months, while others succumbed before being rescued, and still others simply disappeared on the high seas. In one notable example from 2014, José Salvador Alvarenga claimed to have made it through 13 months adrift in a fishing boat on the Pacific Ocean.

Who is the most famous person who was lost at sea? In 2007, world-renowned computer scientist Jim Gray got lost on a solo sailing trip to the Farallon Islands to scatter his mother's ashes. He was never found. Others were made famous by their improbable survival or nightmarish demise.

How long do you think that you could survive alone in the ocean? Compare yourself to these intrepid souls who found themselves fighting for their lives at sea.

Jennifer Appel And Tasha Fuiaba

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Honolulu residents Jennifer Appel and Tasha Fuiaba set sail for Tahiti with their two dogs in the spring of 2017. But their boat's engine died in May, and despite their efforts to sail the rest of the way, the women found themselves hopelessly lost in the ocean. Luckily, Fuiaba and Appel had prepared for a long journey, so they had plenty of provisions. Sharks were a problem, however, and none of the flares they set off brought help.

Finally, the ship was spotted by a Taiwanese fishing boat on October 24, 2017. The women and their dogs were found to be healthy. In all, they spent almost five months at sea.

The story understandably garnered a lot of attention, but strange details began to emerge. Appel said they never turned on their emergency beacon, since she understood it was only to be used in life-or-death situations. The women also claimed most of their instruments had failed at once, and that they were caught in a storm, but no such storm was recorded.

The Crew Of ARA San Juan

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The submarine ARA San Juan disappeared off the Argentinian coast on November 15, 2017 with 44 crew members on board. A sound like an explosion was heard in the water shortly after the sub went under; it has not been seen or heard from since.

After two weeks of searching for the lost submarine, Argentine officials announced they were shifting their focus to a search-only mission. The decision implies there's little to no hope of the crewmen being found alive.

Three Men Stranded on Remote Island

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A U.S. Navy surveillance aircraft picked up this plea for help by three men who found themselves stranded on the deserted island of Fanadik in April 2016. The men had set out from Pulap in the Federated States of Micronesia (approx. four miles away from Fanadik), but their boat capsized after a few hours at sea. They spent a night swimming toward the island, then waited three days to be discovered. They were finally rescued thanks to the large "HELP" sign they made from palm leaves.

Austin Stephanos & Perry Cohen

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Two 14-year-olds, Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen, went missing off of the Florida coast in 2015. The teens were last seen buying fuel for their 19-foot boat on Friday, July 24, but soon after, thunderstorms caused high winds and big waves to roll through the area. Their empty boat was found capsized two days later, with no sign of the boys.

Authorities were initially hopeful that the kids, who grew up in the boating community and were skilled on the water, were still alive. However, after an exhaustive search of the East Coast from Florida to South Carolina, rescue teams were unable to locate them. The search was called off after one week.

Source: USA Today