A senior from British Columbia was rescued by a passing merchant ship after his sailboat sank and left him stranded. Don said he didn’t realize how weak he was until the ship pulled up within metres of his raft. For close to five and a half days, the senior was floating through the open waters of the Caribbean Sea.
Don only had nacho chips and crackers on his life-raft but was able to catch a handful of tiny fish to consume. The covered raft he was on was his only protection from the elements. His sailboat, the Starlight, ran onto a reef near the coast of Cuba. Don was en route from Columbia to Puerto Rico.
After being rescued, Don said “you basically just deal with one thing at a time and figure out a solution,” Don Cavers is 77-years-old and is no stranger to life-threatening situations or seeking adventure. He said he previously survived amoebic dysentery in Afghanistan in the 1960s and had a sailboat destroyed by hurricane-force winds off the coast of Texas In the early 1990s.
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