438 Days

438 Days: An Extraordinary True Story of Survival at Sea

Non-Fiction, Biography & Memoir, Travel, Travel Writing, Exploration & Survival
Paperback Published on: 16/06/2016
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The incredible true survival story of fisherman Salvador Alvarenga – and his record-breaking fourteen months lost at sea. Based on extensive interviews with Alvarenga, his colleagues, search and rescue officials, and the people who saved his life.

On 17th November, 2012, Salvador Alvarenga left the coast of Mexico for a two-day fishing trip. A vicious storm killed his engine and the current dragged his boat out to sea. The storm picked up and carried him West, deeper into the heart of the Pacific Ocean. Alvarenga would not touch solid ground again for fourteen months.

When he was washed ashore on January 30th, 2014, he had drifted over 9,000 miles.

Three dozen cruise ships and container vessels passed nearby. Not one stopped for the stranded fisherman. He considered suicide on multiple occasions – including offering himself up to a pack of circling sharks. But Alvarenga developed a method of survival that kept his body and mind intact long enough for the Pacific Ocean to spit him up onto a remote palm-studded island. Crawling ashore, he was saved by a local couple living in their own private castaway paradise.

438 Days by Jonathan Franklin is an epic tale of survival – and one man's incredible story of beating the ultimate odds.

'A fascinating, action-packed account of long-term survival on the open seas' – Kirkus Reviews

  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • ISBN: 9781509800193
  • Number of pages: 300
  • Weight: 216g
  • Dimensions: 196 x 129 x 19 mm

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