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I read a great book back in the '80s called "Adrift", the story of Steven Callahan, who survived 76 days lost at sea. At the time, it was believed to have been the longest solo survival-at-sea.



Unlike the man in OP's story, Callahan was adrift in a small life raft and had only a tiny emergency kit aboard with which to save himself with. He used those meager supplies to perform some miracles, including a very clever technique that he came up with to patch his raft when it developed a leak.

Ray Mears explored this event on Extreme Survival: https://youtu.be/cIJ7cI2aIwc

It includes an interview with Steve and a demonstration of how he patched the hole in his raft.

A brilliant show!

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