My solo cruise ended in a life raft

There is something oddly fascinating in reading other people’s tales of misfortune. Not out of any sense of schadenfreude, but rather out of a mixture of horrified pity, relief that it wasn’t us, and an instinct to wonder what we would have done were we to find ourselves in the same predicament.

Would we have performed half as well as the people who really dealt with disaster?Phil van der Mespel had always dreamed of a long offshore adventure. When unforeseeable disaster struck, careful preparation for the worst-case scenario saw him rescued within hours.

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