The seventy-year-old man survived desperately
If one day, you are awakened by a ray of sunlight in the early morning and you find yourself floating on the vast sea with only a life raft under you, no ships passing by, and no land in your eyes, how should you deal with this dilemma? , How can you return safely when you are isolated and helpless? ? When everything is lost at sea, how can we survive from despair? A movie called “All Lost” tells such a story.
An old man over 70 years old sailed alone in a sailboat to the Indian Ocean. ? One morning, a container floating on the sea hit a big hole in the ship’s hull, and the sea water flowed into the cabin along the hole. Soon, the water in the cabin reached his knees, and the old man hurriedly found tools to repair the leaks and drain the cabin. Unexpectedly, the radio station was soaked in water and could not be used after several repairs. The channels for the elderly to get in touch with the outside world were completely blocked.
The old man spent a day or two repairing the loopholes, but it happened that there was a storm again, the sailboat was swaying, the hole was opened again, and the entire cabin was filled with water. The old man hurriedly climbed onto the life raft. After the rain passed and the weather cleared, he returned to the cabin again and took some equipment, food and fresh water.
The old man asks for help from the huge ship in the distance
Soon after, the sailing ship sank completely and disappeared into the sea. The round life raft became the only shelter for the elderly at sea. At night, the storm struck again, the life raft was overturned by the waves, and the old man was struggling in the storm. Despite the harsh environment, he never gave up the hope of survival.
The old man took out the sextant and found that the sea area he was in was the shipping route. At this time, a huge freighter approached in the distance. He lit the flare and called for help, but the huge ship did not spot him.
After two missed opportunities, the old man was still waiting at sea, hoping that a boat could see him. That night, there were stray lights in the distance, it was a passing ship. The signal flare had been used up, so the old man lit all the paper on the life raft, hoping that the fire would attract the attention of the passing ships. However, the life raft and the objects on the raft were also set alight, and the old man fell into the sea immediately. Fortunately, the people on the ship finally found and saved the old man. ?
“Endurance” 700 days out of trouble
If the story in the movie is “derived from reality and higher than reality”, then the experience of the British explorer Shackleton is more legendary than the story in the movie. In August 1914, Shackleton recruited 27 crew members to form an expedition. They took the “Endurance” and set off for the South Atlantic.
The purpose of Captain Shackleton’s trip is to make up for the regret of missing the “discovery of the South Pole” and to realize the feat of humans crossing the Antarctic continent on foot for the first time. Passing through the frozen Weddell Sea (the southernmost part of the Atlantic Ocean, deep into the Antarctic continental coast, known as “the coldest sea in the world”), after six weeks of sailing, the “Endurance” was trapped in the floating ice area . The ice floes were very thick, and Shackleton decided to suspend sailing first and wait for the ice to disperse. It was this decision that caused the Endurance to be firmly frozen in the ice floe area. At this time, the “Endurance” was only less than 85 nautical miles (approximately 157 kilometers) from the Antarctic continent, and they were trapped in this sea area for a full 10 months.
Ten months later, the expedition ship was completely crushed by frozen ice floes. Shackleton decided to abandon the ship, lead the entire crew to arrange supplies and equipment, and use the lifeboat to find land. They rowed the boat with the most primitive wooden oars, dragged the boat onto the ice floes when they rested at night, and continued sailing in the sea during the day. In this way, they drifted at sea for 18 months.
In the end, they found a small island and set off again after resting on the island. After 16 days, they arrived in South Georgia. Without any map, Shackleton led the team members after nearly 700 days and nights, and finally all escaped and rescued and returned to Britain safely.
“Beijing” returns in 99 days
On January 16, 2020, after five years of preparations, global explorers Zhang Xinyu and Liang Hong and his wife drove China’s first private icebreaker, the “Beijing Ocean Leader” (“Beijing” for short) from Zhoushan Port, China to Ross Sea, Antarctica.
The Ross Sea is a large bay in the South Pacific that penetrates into Antarctica, and it is also one of the southernmost seas that ships on earth can reach. The huge wind and waves, the terrifying ice floes, the long journey, and the large amount of materials and equipment needed to complete this long journey are all problems they have to face.
No matter how difficult the road is, as long as you move forward, you will eventually arrive. Driving across the equator from the northern hemisphere, after a cyclone chase in the southern hemisphere, he broke into the terrifying “killer westerly belt” and sailed into the Ross Sea. As the ice floes increased and the Antarctic continent finally approached, the “Beijing” struggled to advance into the depths of the Ross Sea in the endless ice floes.
During this period, they lowered the rescue boat, released the air sounding balloon, completed the polar marine life photography and marine microplastic sample collection, the icebreaker crossed the equator for the first time, and the carrier aircraft took off and landed again and again…
”Beijing” was in the Ross Sea Stayed for 10 days, returned home after completing the scientific mission and landing in Antarctica. Under the circumstance of the epidemic, the voyage had no supplies for the entire voyage. The total voyage was 99 days. After all difficulties and dangers, the “Beijing” finally returned safely with more than 50 crew members.
Sailing, seemingly romantic and interesting, is actually dangerous, and it tests the wisdom and perseverance of the voyager.