- Steven Callahan in 1982 he sailed in his small homemade boat from the Canary Islands. After 6 days, at night he ran into a whale and his boat was wrecked. Stephen took the life raft, and during 76 days he continued swimming in the open sea. He was catching fish and birds, gathering shellfish and drank very little water. Haggard and with a lost a third part of his weight, he was found by fishermen in the Caribbean.