Steven Callahan Survived On A Raft For 76 Days

Steven Callahan Survived On A Raft For 76 Days

In January 1982, an American named Steven Callahan (born 1952) set sail from the Canary Islands on a small boat that he built himself.

Just six days into the trip, his boat sank, and he was left adrift on a 5-foot (1.5-meter) life-raft.

He had only three pounds (1.3 kilograms) of food and eight pints of water, a solar still and a makeshift spear.

But he managed to survive for seventy six days which is when he was finally rescued.

During his two-plus months at sea, Callahan’s raft traveled approximately 1,800 miles (2,898 kilometers).

He had to contend with malnutrition, sunburn and repeated shark attacks and after his raft sprang a leak, he still managed to keep it afloat and was able to control the leak for 33 more days.

He recounted his ordeal in the best-selling book Adrift: 76 Days Lost At Sea (1986), and it was on the New York Times best-seller list for more than thirty-six weeks.

Callahan had both sailing and shipbuilding experience, but his unwavering determination to live was most likely what enabled him to survive.

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One Response to Steven Callahan Survived On A Raft For 76 Days

  1. Jake The Hake says:

    Callahan is also the inventor and developer of “The Clam’, which is a unique folding RIB that is specifically designed to be equipped as a survival craft.

    * A rigid inflatable boat.

    The first model of his patented design was an 11.5 foot unsinkable sailing/rowing dinghy that stores as a 22 inch x 5 x 4 foot package.

    Unfortunately, production ceased after licensee HydraNova built only 16 boats.

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