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Survive the Savage Sea by Dougal Robertson
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Oct 24, 2010

it was amazing
Read in January, 2008

This is a must-read for any sailors who plan to venture further than their coastline. A true story of survival and ingenious ways to stay alive despite the odds. Dougal Robertson was a former teacher, his wife a former nurse and their skills saved the lives of their twin boys, older teenage son, their deckhand and themselves.

What do you do when three killer whales hull your boat and it sinks within less than a minute? How do you battle thirst, hunger, sharks and stay alive for weeks at a time, adrift in a raft and towing a dinghy? Why using safety pins as fishing hooks, jumping overboard to catch sea turtles and eating their eggs, oil and flesh and drinking the blood of course! Dehydration - no problems. Rig up salt water enemas - but mind you, just a little or you'll get diahorrea. These are just some of the strategies that saved 6 lives for 37 days adrift at sea. Dougal Robertson provides us with great drawing and diagrams to illustrate some of his amazing adaptations, and together with some photos puts the reader in the leaky rubber raft alongside the other survivors.

Read on! This is a thrilling story, that has set the standard for survival manuals ever since.

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