Fisherman survives 26 hours adrift in a 4-by-4 foot fishing crate


19-year-old Ryan Harris spent a night adrift in a 1-meter by 1-meter plastic fish bin after his boat was hit by big waves and overturned off the coast of Alaska, keeping his spirit up by singing “Rudolf, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”. His fellow crewmember Stonie “Mac” Huffman managed to get into a survival suit and washed ashore on a beach after 24 hours, using a plastic bin lid for additional flotation. Rescue says it is a miracle they survived, Harris that he kept repeating for four hours: “I’m Ryan Hunter Harris and I’m not going to die here.” Read for instance The Vancouver Sun and The Daily Sitka Sentinel


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