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Lost Overboard in the Indian Ocean

Brett Archibald

Thomas Dunne Books


"Solitude is terrifying and awe-inspiring in Alone." —The Wall Street Journal

In April 2013, fifty-year-old Brett Archibald was on board a surf-charter boat, making a night-time crossing of the remote Mentawai Strait off Sumatra, Indonesia. In the middle of a storm, ill with severe food poisoning, he blacked out. When he came to, he found himself in the raging sea, sixty miles from shore. As Brett saw the lights of his boat disappearing into the darkness, it became clear that no one had seen him fall, and that no one would hear his shouts for help. He was alone in the ocean.

It would be eight hours before his friends realized he was missing. At that point a frantic search began for a single man somewhere in thousands of square miles of heaving waves. The rough weather meant that no planes or helicopters could assist in the search. According to the experts, he should have died within ten to fourteen hours.

Instead, Brett battled Portuguese man o' war and jellyfish, sharks, seagulls, and the stormy seas for more than 28 hours. Alone is the remarkable tale of his miraculous survival and rescue. It is also the story of what it takes to defy extraordinary odds and the incredible power of the human spirit.

Praise for Alone

"This survival tale pairs action with emotion and feels ready-made for the big screen." —Publishers Weekly

"Archibald has written a grip-the-edge-of-the-seat tense drama of his astonishing experience in April 2013...His true story is courageous, enlightening and incredibly moving." —Shelf Awareness

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Brett Archibald

BRETT ARCHIBALD is an international businessman and entrepreneur. Over the course of 35 years he has built an impressive global career, which included directorship positions with a worldwide hospitality and travel corporation in Johannesburg, Sydney, Hong Kong, and London. He is currently the chairman of an events and hospitality company, as well as an inspirational speaker on the national and international circuits. He lives in Cape Town with his wife and their two children. Alone: Lost Overboard in the Indian Ocean is his autobiographical narrative about surviving 28 hours in the sea by himself.

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