By Steven Callahan
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Morning, i'm hoping, will exhibit the rim of an island down low at the horizon, shut adequate to arrive sooner than dusk. A touchdown in sunlight can be harmful adequate. If I succeed in the island day after today evening ... good, something at a time. relaxation now. APRIL 21 DAY seventy six sunrise of the seventy-sixth day arrives. i will not think the wealthy landscape that meets my eyes. it's jam-packed with eco-friendly. After months of little except blue sky, blue fish, and blue sea, the intense, verdant eco-friendly is overwhelming. it's not simply the rim of 1 island that's forward, as I had anticipated. To the south a mountainous island as lush as Eden juts out of the ocean and reaches up towards the clouds. To the north is one other island with a excessive height. at once forward is a flat-topped isle—no obscure define, yet in fall dwelling colour. i am 5 to 10 miles out and headed correct for the heart. The northern part consists of vertical cliffs opposed to which the Atlantic smashes to foam. To the south the land slopes right down to an extended seashore above which a number of white constructions perch, most likely homes. shut as i'm, i am not secure but. A touchdown is certain to be treacherous. If I hit the northern shore, I run the danger of being beaten opposed to the pointy coral cliffs. To the south i will need to rake throughout large reefs prior to I hit the seashore. whether i am getting that a long way with no being ripped to ribbons, I doubt i will be capable of stroll or maybe move slowly to get aid. by some means, this voyage will finish at the present time, most likely through overdue afternoon. I turn at the EPIRB, and for the 1st time I get away the scientific package. as with every of my offers, i've been saving it till I completely wanted it. I take out a few cream, smear all of it over my sores, and type a diaper from the triangular bandage. i'm going to attempt to coerce Ducky to sail round the south aspect of the island, so i haven't got to land during the breakers at the windward aspect. If Ducky refuses, i'm going to opt for the seashore. i will want all of the safety i will be able to get. i will wrap the froth cushion round my torso, on the way to hold me afloat and function a buffer opposed to the coral. i will bring to a halt Rubber Ducky's cover, in order that I will not get trapped within and so i will wrap my arms and legs with the cloth. i will attempt to continue Ducky upright and journey her in, although the ground tube will surely be torn to bits. every little thing needs to be orderly and safe. I rummage round, throwing out items of junk that I will not want and making room in my baggage for the 1st relief equipment and the opposite must haves. I gnaw on a few fish sticks, yet they flavor like lumps of tallow. i will live to tell the tale without extra foodstuff. My pups nudge at me. convinced, my acquaintances, i'm going to quickly go away you. On what separate paths can we trip? I pitch the rest rancid fish sticks and store just a couple of of the dried amber ones as souvenirs. Ah, certain, one other pint of water to give a boost to myself for the touchdown. As each one wave passes, I pay attention whatever new. RRrrr ... RRrrr ... It grows louder. An engine! I jump to my knees. Coming from the island, a number of hundred yards away, a pointy white bow, flared out on the rail, pitches ahead opposed to a wave after which crashes down with a dash.