Adrift at Sea - Could You Survive?

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by Patricia Feager

Today's story was inspired by a just released BBC News Story this morning on 9/24/18.




As a recap, teen got loss at sea for 49 days by himself. He used survival skills to keep himself alive, such as using "wood taken from his vessel," to cook and eat. He was out at sea because it was his job to trap fish but when "heavy winds, which  caused his moorrings to snap," he found himself in danger, getting lost at sea. 



  • When boats sailed past him and didn't stop, he never gave up hope.
  • After gone missing, his boss "surrendered to God and kept praying."
  • The boy did what he needed to do to stay alive.
  • The boy never gave up.


Why I watched a documentary on George Michael last night, showing clips of his life story with his many successes, failures, and struggles is something I can't explain. It wasn't planned. But for some reason, I couldn't stop watching and paying attention. And last night, the song "Faith," got stuck in my head. This morning, it became clear to me, especially after learning the news about the boy from Indonesia who survived 49 days adrift at sea is that when it comes to challenges, no one is exempt and no child ever says, when I grow up I want to be confused, lost, or receive life's biggest challenges. 



I'm convinced darkness and light, like day and night teaches us many lessons. Can we survive the dark times by spending quality time during each day of our life developing skills, having confidence, and learning how to problem solve without giving up? Hope is for everyone - whether we choose hope, depends on us, our family, friends, and the people we work for or with at any given point in time. Our minds are constantly taking in data, information from our environment. Everyone has fears and anyone can put on a show, but when left alone, to our own devise, can we survive? Maybe all we need in life is faith...



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Comments (18)

Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Wow that many days, I am not sure if I could do that but I quess if you qwant something enough you can do anything!


Sep 24, 2018 09:34 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Will Hamm - That's nearly 2 months! He could have been killed but I don't think he let his mind go in that direction. It's amazing how anyone, regardless of age or place on earth can keep hope alive, regardless of darkness, fear, or without the means except faith.

Sep 24, 2018 09:39 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Patricia I am convinced that each and every challenge we are faced with are meant to prepare us for the next larger challenge and strengthen our faith.  I firmly believe as the Bible tells me, that I will not be burdened with more than I can handle if we turn it over to God.

Sep 24, 2018 10:32 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

George Souto - I do believe you're right! Looking back on life challenges, I can always tell how although feeling like it was a huge challenge previously, it was merely in preparation for something next. I also believe it's true that it is often our weaknesses that can turn into our greatest strengths. 

Sep 24, 2018 10:52 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Patricia- I've heard of young children lost in the woods and somehow they survive. You wonder how. We have to have faith and tell ourselves that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. It's not easy, though. But when we do survive, it makes us even stronger. 

Sep 24, 2018 12:46 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Kathy Streib - We are always sad to hear anyone who is lost or missing, but when it is a child, the heart hurts even more. In this case that was released today, I think the boy who survived is going to grow up to be someone very special. Perhaps, he'll invent an app or some other device for people who are lost, or become a National Speaker, an author, or just a fine human being. Yet I can't help think, whatever he becomes, he will make a difference on others and positively influence many. 

Sep 24, 2018 01:33 PM
Allie Angeloni
Long Realty - Oro Valley, AZ

Ahhh . . .  Hope and Faith . . .  we all need 'both' in life - both personally and business-wise.  Great Blog Patricia Feager!  Just 'Wow!' on that teen surviving.  He was smart, clever, creative, and knew how to hang in there until he was rescued - it was a miracle!  Developing skills really is, 'all it's cracked up to be', though at the time it is just our Life Experiences and education, as we never think we will be put to a 'life or death test'.  One never knows, and we can never go wrong with having Hope and Faith . . . 

Sep 24, 2018 04:24 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Allie Angeloni - You're comments are always straight from the heart and believable. You are someone I trust. Wouldn't it be wonderful to meet this young man now; then five years later, and 10 years after that? He is a living miracle and I'm so thankful he survived without panic and anger. I am curious to know how old he was when he started working and what's his story before he went adrift. He truly is a remarkable guy but obviously someone who has deep faith that is real. 

Sep 24, 2018 06:30 PM
Allie Angeloni

Ahhh . . .  thank you so much, you are so kind Patricia Feager.  And I trust you, too!!  I know you always think through your comments and you 'see' so much in others and in life.  Don't ever stop writing or blogging.  Yes, it would be wonderful to meet this young man and to see the mark he puts on other's lives, as well as his own.  He's a 'special kind' of person, because of his Faith.   

Sep 24, 2018 09:20 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

 I’ve been through survival training before but never for 49 days Patricia. I think I’m too old for that now...

Sep 24, 2018 08:55 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Patricia, what a great motivational post and one that ends with a happy result, the boy survived. Now with that said you asked a question the answer is not "it depends" as many would say. It is a definite YES. I not only had survival training but I am a US ARMY RANGER , 58 days of survival training among other things...Endre

Sep 24, 2018 09:50 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Patricia - this is a very inspiring post about "never giving up".  No, I can't imagine enduring such a plight. 

Sep 25, 2018 05:57 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS, - One of my favorite stories here on ActiveRain is the one when you divulged that you served and lived in a submarine. To me, that was one of the bravest things I could imagine. Although, you were old enough to enlist, you were still just a boy who hadn't really learned to live. 

I agree, you're too old for that now but I feel in my heart, if something happened to your grandchildren, all that strength, courage, and survival skills would prove once again, you really are a great man at any age. 

Sep 25, 2018 06:33 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Endre Barath, Jr. - You have lived a life of courage, spurred by your family coming to America as immigrants and your Military Training. What you did as US Army Ranger took a lot of courage and made you a survivor. Thank you for your services. I truly respect you.

This boy adrift at sea was only 14, not trained in the military... Why was he working at that age and how old was he when he started to work and was he working to support siblings and other family members? Or did he have no one, other than an employer? The article doesn't give any more details about his childhood but to be in existence for only 14 years, on your own, at sea, having to fend for yourself in rough waters, catch your own food to stay alive, well... I hope they make a movie and someone writes a book with the proceeds going back to this young man because if anyone should profit, it should be him to serve as an inspiration to other young children. I think you would agree. He deserves it because I'm sure, his wages are meager in comparison to what other kids his age gets in America.

Sep 25, 2018 06:41 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Michael Jacobs - I remember being at a Writer's Retreat for "wannabe writers," at Puerto Vallarta, Mexico several years ago. I stopped in a local second hand book store and bought "Old Man and the Sea." Although, one of the greatest books ever written, the truth is, I was bored. But a story like this, about a 14 year old kid adrift at sea swept me away. And I have to say, I'm pumped, more inspired to make my own life-changing pages that haven't been written. The truth is, we can only give up if we choose to. I'm not ready to give up and I have a feeling, neither are you. In these days of scandals and lies, this 14 year old boy really gave me the inspiration I needed at this time in my life too. I hope the same is true for you and many others.

Sep 25, 2018 06:49 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good afternoon Patricia. I saw this on the news and was overwhelmed. I can not imagine. I am strong but this was amazing. I love the photo.

Sep 25, 2018 09:49 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Sheila Anderson - I was also blown away! A long time when I was in my 20's my husband bought a boat. We thought it would be fun to see the 4th of July fireworks out in the lake instead of being with a group of people with our very young children. It was great, until the fireworks were over. At that time, firework shows occurred around midnight. He was inexperienced with the boat and neither one of us could figure out where the shore was. Slowly, it got pitch dark. I remember how frightened we were and trying to keep kids calm was next to impossible. We couldn't even see our hands in front of us. With that said, I can only imagine how difficult it was for that Indonesian 14 year old boy. The length of time it took before he was rescued would have driven me crazy if I was in his shoes (if he even had shoes). 

Sep 25, 2018 10:01 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Sheila Anderson - Thank you for letting me know you like my photograph! 

Sep 25, 2018 10:01 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Oh, I can't imagine what he went through, Patricia. Kudos to him for his tenacity and use of survival skills that many wouldn't have thought well as his deep will to live. Many would have given up.

To answer your question, I've never been in that position but, I can say that I am tenacious (but, you already knew that! LOL) and can't imagine ever giving up. I've got enough cushion that I think I would last 48 days! 

BTW, love that sunset shot - just gorgeous!

Sep 25, 2018 07:56 PM