In August 1982, Josh Bazell, then 12 years of age, and his family were left adrift at sea in a 14-foot (4.3 metre) aluminum boat when it ran out of fuel 2 miles (3.2 kilometres) from Grand Cayman island. Josh's father swam to shore to summon help but on returning, the boat with Margot (the step-mother), Rebecca and Josh aboard, had drifted away and could not be found. The search involved many private vessels, four military aircraft and a Coast Guard cutter. In the afternoon of the fourth day the Japanese tanker Arabia Addas happened upon the boat, which had drifted to a position 40 miles (64 km) from Grand Cayman. The family were re-united that night aboard the tanker. The family were afterwards described as "in absolutely perfect condition - a bit skinny and suntanned".
Notes and references
- Josh Bazell's debut novel, 'Beat the Reaper,' has bite, Cleveland Plain Dealer, January 04, 2009
- "Robert Bazell, Chief Science and Health Correspondent". MSNBC.com. 2010-09-11. Retrieved 2012-09-15.
- r - Br (1982-08-16). "Family, Cayman islanders celebrate rescue at sea". Observer-Reporter via Google Search. p. A7. Retrieved 2012-09-15.
- Works by or about Josh Bazell in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
- Washington Post article
- Guardian review
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