Did you hear about this? A couple of years ago a ragged figure washed up on the shore of one of the Marshall Islands and claimed he’d been lost at sea…for 13 months! José Salvador Alvarenga, a fisherman from southern Mexico, went missing at the end of 2012 when a storm blew him and his companion off course and set them adrift in the Pacific. The young companion apparently succumbed to starvation, but Alvarenga has told the press a shocking story of surviving on raw fish and birds’ blood for more than a year. “Unbelievable” gets right to the heart of the matter. Some have expressed doubts about Alvarenga’s credibility, citing the impossibility of survival under those circumstances. But experts beg to differ. National Geographic, for one, has weighed in with a headline claiming “Surviving More Than a Year Adrift at Sea Is Possible, With a Little Luck”. …a little luck, we say, best supplemented with a lot of skill. I live in a coastal state where boat emergencies are a very real thing, but wherever you reside, there are important things to know about ocean safety. Here are one or two: Replaceing potable water at sea
- Discovery Survival Zone
- When having an outdoor adventure, make sure you take some type of water filtration/purification system with you. See our Insight article “Replace the Right Water Filtration System for You” to learn which system fits your needs best.
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