The Robertson Family
On January 1971, the Robertson family plus a hitchhiker called Robin Williams left the port from Falmouth in a 43 ft schooner called the Lucette. For the next year and half, the family sailed across the Atlantic. 17 months into their voyage, they were struck by a pod of killer pods. Their boat sank and they were forced to scramble on board an inflatable life raft meant for 10 people.
Dougal Robertson thought they’d sail to to the center of the Pacific and catch the current back to America. They had cans of water and rations, including dried break, biscuits, onions, and fruit-enough to survive for six days. They caught rainwater in containers and hunted turtles and fish and resorted to drinking turtle blood when water ran out. Also they rubbed turtle oil on their skin to keep warm and treat sores. The mother, Lyn, who was a nurse, insisted they take the water through enemas using tubes, knowing it would be poisonous if taken orally.
After 16 days, the raft became unstable and they took turns sitting in the dry part of the boat.
A Japanese trawler, the Toka Maru II, spotted their distress flare on 23 July, 1972 after 38 days in their ordeal.