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Lost At Sea

James Phillips

Here’s your challenge: Spend 8 days and nights on the pontoon of a capsized catamaran with two of your buddies in the middle the sea 180 miles from land.

You have nothing to eat except for two bags of chips and a package of crackers, both of which taste like gasoline. Luckily, you have some fresh, potable water, but the supply is extremely limited and the few sips you take from time to time do little to slake your maddening thirst. Your skin fries under the intense rays of an unrelenting sun and there isn’t a sliver of shade to provide even a moment of relief. Add to all that debilitating hallucinations of rescuers who aren’t really there. Oh, and the blacktip sharks circling beneath your capsized boat? Those are very real.

The scenario above isn’t the premise of a new reality television show. According to an AP report, this is what happened to Tressel Hawkins, Curtis Hall and James Phillips, three buddies from Texas who set out for an overnight fishing trip in the Gulf of Mexico on August 21 and weren’t seen or heard from again until a private sportfishing boat miraculously happened past them on August 29, one day after the Coast Guard called off its search for the men.

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from hawespiper 3/17/2010 at 09:09pm

Amen to the skipper who saw them and came to inspect and eventually rescue them. Good lesson for all of us seafarers. Keep your eyes open because you never know when a fellow outdoorsman might be in trouble.

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from Gavin King 12/1/2009 at 07:39pm

A country boy can survive!

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from Taylor Pommier 10/25/2009 at 10:13pm

mazing that these boys were found. i can only imagine the feeling they had when faced with there challenge

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from Yoda 9/8/2009 at 07:44am

Wow that's crazy, those guys are some lucky

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from seadog 9/3/2009 at 03:37pm

Amazing how these guys were found. Wow.

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from SeabeePete 9/2/2009 at 03:01pm

What are the odds that somone else would be in that exact location at the same time 180 miles from land? Makes you wonder if these guys have nine lives......make that 8. Either way, glad to hear they are back on terra firma and doing well.

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from SD_Whitetail_Hntr 9/1/2009 at 04:19pm

Unreal.. That's got to be a terrible feeling waking up to that in the boat.. God was with these men and it's an incredible story they can now tell.. Glad to see they're safe.

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from SD_Whitetail_Hntr 9/1/2009 at 04:19pm

Unreal.. That's got to be a terrible feeling waking up to that in the boat.. God was with these men and it's an incredible story they can now tell.. Glad to see they're safe.

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from SeabeePete 9/2/2009 at 03:01pm

What are the odds that somone else would be in that exact location at the same time 180 miles from land? Makes you wonder if these guys have nine lives......make that 8. Either way, glad to hear they are back on terra firma and doing well.

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from seadog 9/3/2009 at 03:37pm

Amazing how these guys were found. Wow.

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from hawespiper 3/17/2010 at 09:09pm

Amen to the skipper who saw them and came to inspect and eventually rescue them. Good lesson for all of us seafarers. Keep your eyes open because you never know when a fellow outdoorsman might be in trouble.

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from Yoda 9/8/2009 at 07:44am

Wow that's crazy, those guys are some lucky

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from Taylor Pommier 10/25/2009 at 10:13pm

mazing that these boys were found. i can only imagine the feeling they had when faced with there challenge

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from Gavin King 12/1/2009 at 07:39pm

A country boy can survive!

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