I have spent weeks at sea on a sailboat and I start getting nervous if we are out of cold beer for even a couple of days.
So when I read the story of the two fishermen found floating at sea for 25 days, literally, in an ice chest, I felt some level of compassion for their ordeal.
Almost worse than a lack of a proper cocktail at sunset, their menu could be considered less than gourmet.
They ate nothing for the first ten days and then after that they “dined” on some small fish that were regurgitated out of two large sea birds.
So, let me get this straight: two big birds just flew in and landed in, or on, the ice chest with these two guys and vomited up their dinner.
Apparently these two guys were part of a crew of 20 and they happened to notice that their 30′ fishing boat was sinking so they jumped into the ice chest–obviously failing to notice the lack of chilled adult beverages.
Not to miss an opportunity for some free advertising, Graeme Reberger, director of the Australian cooler manufacturer, said it appeared that the men were utilizing his company’s 210-gallon model that is made in Thailand.
The only quote from Reberger that was noted in the article was,
“I’m just surprised that they were able to stay in it without it tipping over.”
Apparently, nothing was said if the cooler was actually able to keep ice frozen for those 25 days.
But, with no beer, I guess it really did not matter.