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10 Incredible Real Life Castaways

10 Incredible Real Life Castaways


TOP 10 INCREDIBLE REAL-LIFE CASTAWAYS NUMBER 10: THE ROBERTSON FAMILY In 1971 Dougal Robertson and his wife Lyn
decided to spend their life savings on a small ship and travel the world with their four
children. However, 17 months into the journey, disaster
struck when a pod of killer whales crashed into the boat, sinking it into the Pacific
Ocean. The family scrambled aboard their tiny inflatable
life raft, only able to carry enough food for six days. After their supplies ran out,
the Robertsons hunted fish and turtles from their dinghy, using makeshift tools. The ordeal lasted 54 days until they were
rescued by a Japanese fishing trawler. Sources: BBC, Telegraph, Victor Slocum ‘Castaway
Boats’. NUMBER 9: LEENDERT HASENBOSCH [Lean-dirt Hass-en-bosh] Leendert Hasenbosch was a Dutch sailor from
the early 18th century. He was marooned on Ascension Island in the South Atlantic Ocean
as a punishment for sodomy. Hasenbosch survived six months on the previously
uninhabited island. Unable to find any fresh water, he drank his own urine and the blood
of turtles before succumbing to dehydration in 1725. A year after his death, British sailors discovered
the Dutchman’s camp and diary. It thoroughly detailed his struggles for survival and has
since been published internationally. In a sad twist to Hasenbosch’s tale, it
later emerged that Ascension Island had two sources of fresh water. Sources: Executed Today, Alex Ritsema, ‘A
Dutch Castaway on Ascension Island’. NUMBER 8: ADA BLACKJACK Unlike those stranded on tropical desert islands,
Inuit Ada Blackjack had to battle extreme freezing weather to survive her two years
as a castaway. In 1921 Blackjack was part of an expedition
of five in Wrangel Island, north of Siberia, where temperatures average -15 degrees. When
conditions grew difficult, three of the men left in search of food and help, never to
be seen again. She was left alone with one other man, who she nursed until he died of
scurvy. She became very adept at hunting and keeping
herself warm, and eventually she was rescued in August 1923.
Uncomfortable with the fame she received for her incredible story, Blackjack eventually
returned to the Arctic, where she lived until her death at the age of 85. Sources: National Geographic, Jennifer Niven
‘Ada Blackjack: A True Story of Survival in the Arctic’. NUMBER 7: CHUNOSUKE MATSUYAMA [Chun-oh-sue-key
Mat-sue-jar-ma] In 1754 a freak storm blew a ship of Japanese
sailors onto a coral reef, forcing them to seek refuge on a nearby Pacific island. Tragically unable to find food and fresh water,
the crew of 43 men eventually all died due to lack of sustenance. However, before he died, one sailor – Chunosuke
Matsuyama – carved an account of their experiences onto thin pieces of wood from a coconut tree.
He placed the wood into an empty bottle and threw it into the ocean. Over 150 years later, the bottle washed up
on the shore of a Japanese village, discovered by a seaweed collector. Remarkably, the village
in question was Hiraturemura [Here-at-yure-murr-ah] – the very same village where Matsuyama had
been born. Sources: National Geographic, Robert Kraske,
‘The Twelve Million Dollar Note: Strange but True Tales of Messages Found in Seagoing
Bottles’. NUMBER 6: THREE MEXICAN SHARK FISHERMEN After running out of fuel on a fishing expedition,
Jesus Vidana [Vid-ar-ner] Lopez, Salvador Ordonez, and Lucio Rendon spent nearly 10
months as castaways in the Pacific Ocean. The trio drifted for approximately 8,000 km
until they were saved by a Taiwanese trawler in August 2006. Two other sailors perished only a couple of
months into the ordeal. They feasted on raw bird meat, which caused them to vomit blood. Questions arose over the purpose of the voyage,
when the fishermen said they’d been hired by their now-dead sea mates. This caused the
media to speculate that the men had been drug traffickers who arranged the expedition to
collect a shipment of narcotics. While he was lost at sea, Vidana’s wife
gave birth to a baby girl, who was six months old by the time the fisherman returned to
Mexico. Sources: Telegraph, Banderas News, Sky News. NUMBER 5: JUANA MARIA Known as the ‘Lone Woman of San Nicolas
Island’, Juana [hu-ar-na] Maria was the last surviving member of her Native American
tribe, living alone for 18 years in the mid 19th century. Maria was left behind following a rescue operation
for victims of a Russian massacre. They had decimated the tribe, leaving only 20 survivors.
She constructed a hut out of whale bones and survived on seal blubber that she left out
to dry. In 1853 a hunter named George Nidever [Nid-iv-er]
found Maria and brought her to live at the Santa Barbara Mission with him and his wife.
Unfortunately, only seven weeks after her arrival on the mainland, Maria contracted
dysentery and died. Sources: Ancient Origins, California Missions
Resource Center. NUMBER 4: ERNEST SHACKLETON In 1914 polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton
led an expedition to cross Antarctica in the ironically-named ship ‘Endurance’. The ship became trapped in impenetrable ice
and ended up sinking, forcing the crew to camp nearby in temperatures of -49 degrees
Celsius. Knowing how his men would perish from exposure
in a matter of days, Shackleton and five others left in search of rescue. With only enough
provisions for four weeks, they completed a 17-day, 1,300 km journey. Conditions were
unforgiving and Shackleton suffered frostbitten fingers as a result. Fortunately they eventually found a manned
whaling station. The remaining men from the expedition were subsequently rescued and not
a single member of the crew died. Sources: BBC, South Pole, The Shackleton Foundation,
Biography. NUMBER 3: MARGUERITE DE LA ROCQUE [Rock] Marooned in 1542, 16th century French noblewoman
Marguerite de La Rocque became famous for her incredible survival story. During a trip captained by her cousin Jean-François
Roberval, Marguerite was discovered having an affair with a young man on board the ship.
The pair, and a servant woman, were abandoned on the Isle of Demons near Quebec, as punishment
for the scandalous behavior. The young man, the maid, and the baby that
Marguerite gave birth to, all perished on the island, which was rumored to be home to
various devilish creatures. But Marguerite survived. Provided with limited
weaponry, she hunted wild animals, allegedly killing a bear and using its fur for warmth. After two years, she was rescued by fishermen
and returned to France, where she gained notoriety as a courageous romantic heroine. Sources: Ancient Origins, The Canadian Encyclopedia,
Biography. NUMBER 2: ALEXANDER SELKIRK 18th Century Scottish sailor Alexander Selkirk
is widely believed to be the inspiration behind Daniel Defoe’s iconic novel Robinson Crusoe. Serving under the tyrannical and reckless
Captain Thomas Stradling, Selkirk grew fearful of the ship’s seaworthiness. He raised his
concerns and was subsequently marooned as punishment for his insubordination. Selkirk spent over 4 years on the island of
Juan Fernandez in the South Pacific Ocean. It emerged that he was a very capable survivor.
He made huts out of trees and used feral goats as a source of meat, milk, and clothing. To
ensure that the goats would never be able to outrun him, he maimed their legs when they
were young. Rescued by a privateering ship in 1709, the
castaway’s story went on to become a sensation. Sources: BBC, Telegraph, National Archives,
Smithsonian Magazine. NUMBER 1: JOSÉ SALVADOR ALVARENGA [Al-varr-en-ga] José Salvador Alvarenga spent 13 months adrift
the Pacific Ocean, after a one day fishing trip went wildly awry. Alvarenga began his journey in Chiapas, Mexico,
when freak weather blew his boat off course and he ended up almost 11,000 km away. The fisherman survived off raw fish, birds,
turtle blood, and rainwater. His young companion, Ezequiel Cordoba [ezz-ee-kee-ell core-doh-ba]
died four months into the voyage, as he was unable to stomach the raw diet. On the 30th January 2014, Alvarenga finally
drifted onto the shore of a small isle in the Marshall Islands. In December 2015 Alvarenga made headlines
once more when it emerged that Corboda’s family accused him of cannibalism and declared
that they were suing him for $1 million. Alvarenga maintains that he did not eat his companion’s
corpse but threw it overboard. Sources: The Guardian, Business Insider, The
Epoch Times, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Free Map Tools, Telegraph.

100 thoughts on “10 Incredible Real Life Castaways”

  1. I love the film castaway,it's one of my favourites,it shows how loneliness can effect people to the point where a man starts a intimate friendship with a football,I like to think that's pretty accurate and would happen,I remember how I appreciated mail when I was young and foolish and ended up in prison,letters meant so much so why wouldn't someone devode of human or animal comfort not create something for himself and as for Wilson he's great,I'd be his friend

  2. Where is this isle of demons near Quebec and why am I just hearing of it now? Doesn't sound too devilish if a woman killed a bear there and survived a stay.

  3. I'd love to find out on the 9 that he was drinking water all along and just wanted to troll whomever found his diary.

  4. a friend of mine drifted at sea for 21 days,unfortunately his friend died of dehydration,I got left in the ocean on a scuba diving trip and spend 6 hours in the water before being rescued 😂

  5. I once went missing in the bathroom for 45 minutes with my cell phone in order to avoid work at my workplace.
    I was eventually discovered by overzealous supervisors and subsequently fired.

  6. I thought Shackleton and his whole crew were lost for like, 100 years until someone found their corpses buried in ice?

  7. Sorry, but, I don't buy this guy Alveranga's story…13 months adrift and the guy supposedly arrived at The Marshall Islands fat and full of blubber?
    T o me this guy was put on a small dinghy to transport drugs to these islands…the boat probably capsized or he had to get rid of the drugs in a hurry.
    You just dont reach into de ocean a grab fish to eat, specially if you have no means to man de boat in the direction of birds diving for fish, which is a way of knowing where the fish is…13 months? give me a break..
    I grew in a coastal town and remember the schrimp boats coming back from the Pearl Island, where Marihuana was a crop and a mile before reaching port, you could see how the bags where loaded on dinghies and taken to the beach….

  8. So, Juana Maria's name on a formal (First name last last name first) piece of paperwork would be….. Maria Juana…… mariajuana…… Marijuana. Pot… weed…

  9. that's got to be rotten luck to sail the huge ocean only to run into a bunch of whales and damage your boat….that is like hitting to only other vehicle in an empty parking lot.

  10. Sorry bastriches left Wilson out of this list. It’s because he’s half-bred red, and white. I know it. Let’s see how they like it when they lose one of their balls.

  11. I was stranded for 54 days at sea and rescued by Japanese. They offered me natto to eat. I jumped overboard. BTW look up Tom Crean, he was with Shackleton on that voyage to get help. He was also part of the Terra Nova expedition, he solo-ed 56 miles through an Antarctic blizzard to get help for a scurvied mate on that one. Dude was a badass like many acrtic/antacrtic explorers.

  12. You forgot to mention how after the Robinson family was rescued, the second youngest child was mysteriously missing, and it was assumed the family ate him and covered it up afterward.

  13. so was the Mexican fisherman's wife cheating to have a 6 month old baby when he returned and he had been gone for 10 months?

  14. thay had devastated the tribe… nope. you cant read pel. the word you are looking for is on the screen… DECIMATED. A very different thing altogether.

  15. im sorry but if i had to eat my shipmate to survive ,and i got home to have his family sue me, id fucking eat them too..

  16. This caused me to question what a “castaway” is. I’ve only ever heard it used to apply to people marooned on islands, not adrift at sea. This sort of thing is fascinating linguistically, because the dictionary definition doesn’t answer the question. What really matters is how the term is *used*.

  17. That Jose Alvarenga's story is totally made up. The reason I believe that the story is false, is the condition that he was found in. Look at the photos of him just after he was found. Fresh faced, chubby cheeks, no sign of sun damage. He was out there for fourteen months.
    In 1819 the crew of the whaling ship Essex on the other hand, were lost for three months and when Chase, Lawrence and Nickerson were found, this was their condition: "The three men stared up at the crew, their eyes wide and huge within the dark hollows of their skull. Their raw, ulcerated skin hung from their skeletons like noxious rags. As he looked down from the quarterdeck, Captain William Crozier was moved to tears at what Chase called "the most deplorable and affecting picture of suffering and misery."" That was a quote from Nathaniel Philbrick's In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex.

    After three months they looked like zombies and Jose was gone for fourteen months and he looked like he got off a refreshing vacation.

  18. You shortened the Shackleton Expedition into inaccuracy. They all lived on the ice for many months after the ship sank, then when the ice broke up they all sailed together to Elephant Island. Only then did Shackleton take a few men to find the Norwegian Whaling villiage on another island far away. It's an amazing story of survival. I highly recommend the book, Endurance : Shackleton's Incredible Voyage, by Alfred Lansing.

  19. Yeah if you're interested in this kind of thing I recommend reading "Endurance" it's the story of Sir Earnest Shackleton and his crew that survived in the arctic circle for over a year surviving some of the harshest conditions known to man. It's a great book, a testament to the power of human tenacity and brotherhood.

  20. I was lost for 14 months in a horrible place, I managed to survive day by day regardless of the many obstacles I was forced to deal with – I'm home now, and I'll never visit a large shopping center again.

  21. What’s the thing with turtle blood? Actually a serious question, never would have thought of it in a survival situation.

  22. I wouldn’t eat any of you nasty bastriches. I’d much rather starve to death. Nearly all of you have at least a couple of diseases.

  23. A man whom the woman nursed until he died… uncomfortable with her fame for her story..🤔🤔🤔…. are you sure she didn't grow hungry and well🍽

  24. 2:35 so they couldn' t find water , but they used wood of a COCONUT-tree, to carve a last message, I mean , were they dumb or am I missing a point here?

  25. I read island of the blue dolphins and it is based of of Juana Maria and it was so sad. But I’m the book she had a brother and he was killed.

  26. I was left in a dreadful place people all had looks of despair and grief. There were government officers giving numbers to those poor souls who would wait for hours only to be called and give another number. I finally escaped but the caught me I had to return. Prison has happier individuals than DMV I am just happy to be home.

  27. If my dead shell of a body is sitting next to you, & you're starving. You better eat me or it's your own dumbass fault.

  28. You forgot poom lim the mqn who survive 4 month in a raft from world war2 and he killed a shark and that make me shock

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