ShipwreckedPosted: March 30, 2010
There are few stories I find more compelling, more horrifying than those of being lost at sea. A recent episode of [The Moth](http://www.themoth.org/) in which Deborah Scaling, an accomplished sailor, [tells her story of being lost at sea for five days](http://castroller.com/podcasts/TheMothPodcast/1534043-Deborah%20Scaling%20Kiley%20Lost%20at%20Sea), reminded me of just that. Her story is particularly compelling because it is one of the few first-hand accounts I have heard. Here are two more of my favorite lost at sea stories:
* The story of the [USS Indianapolis](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Indianapolis_CA-35) in which which 880 crewmen were left stranded in lifeboats after a Japanese submarine sunk their ship. Only 316 survived the four and half days at sea. Book: [In Harm’s Way](http://www.amazon.com/Harms-Way-Indianapolis-Extraordinary-Survivors/dp/0805066322).
* The story of two scuba divers, Tom and Eileen Lonergan, who were inadvertently left behind by their boat in the open ocean. They were never found. A film entitled “[Open Water](http://www.amazon.com/Open-Water-Widescreen-Blanchard-Ryan/dp/B00064AE0G)” is an amazing retelling of what we can only imagine to be their experience.