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In June 2002, Richard Van Pham sets sail from Long Beach to Catalina. Along the way, he runs into a storm and is cast adrift. On September 17, 2002, some 200 miles off the coast of Costa Rica, the men on board the USS McClusky receive their first search and rescue mission. They arrive an hour later to find a 24-foot sailboat with a broken mast and hull, covered with birds.

The crew doesn't see any sign of human life, and hope is looking dim, when 62-year-old Van Pham emerges from the sailboat's cabin. Van Pham has been stranded at sea for four months, living on rainwater and catching fish for food. The sailboat that has been Van Pham's home for four months is in such poor condition that the Navy is forced to sink it. Be there as this gentleman's amazing story of survival unfolds.

©2007 The Weather Channel Inc.; (P)2007 The Weather Channel Inc.

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  • Camarillo, California United States
  • 02-01-15

A Tale of Courage and Luck

This was the incredible story of a man adrift for three months who was finally rescued. Jim Cantore’s wonderful narration enhances this amazing story.