There are few stories I find more compelling, more horrifying than those of being lost at sea. A recent episode of The Moth in which Deborah Scaling, an accomplished sailor, tells her story of being lost at sea for five days, reminded me of just that. Her story is particularly compelling because it is one of the few first-hand accounts I have heard. Here are two more of my favorite lost at sea stories:
The story of the USS Indianapolis in which which 880 crewmen were left stranded in lifeboats after a Japanese submarine sunk their ship. Only 316 survived the four and half days at sea. Book: In Harm's Way.
The story of two scuba divers, Tom and Eileen Lonergan, who were inadvertently left behind by their boat in the open ocean. They were never found. A film entitled "Open Water" is an amazing retelling of what we can only imagine to be their experience.