THE WEST INDIES: The Young Man & the Sea

THE WEST INDIES The Young Man & the Sea

The young man had sailed alone on his raft for 51 days. When he boarded the British freighter Arakaka in the Atlantic three weeks ago, he had a thick, dark beard, and his rotted clothing was caked with salt and fish blood. He was a Frenchman named Alain Louis Bombard, 28, he told open-mouthed passengers and crewmen. He had set out on the raft from Las Palmas in the Canary Islands in mid-October. Since then, he had lived solely on food and drink gathered at sea: fish, sea birds, barnacles, plankton...

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