This is a story of 3 friends and how the advancement in technology helped one of them. In tons of movies, we’ve seen how is it to get deserted on an island. Not a good feeling, isn’t it? Now imagine what Adam Jones had to go through when he was trapped on a deserted island for 9 long years and who was rescued using one of the most incredible technological advancements of our time, Google Earth. Here is his story.
So this is how all of it started. Adam Jones and 2 of his friends had taken off for a journey in 2006. They were supposed to travel to Hawaii from their home in Liverpool, crossing the Atlantic Ocean and the Panama Canal on their way. The first part of this voyage completed without any problems but what happened next is crazy. As soon as they reached the Pacific Ocean, their boat got trapped in a huge storm which damaged their electronic equipment and the boat. It also caused his two friends to go overboard and knocked Adam unconscious for 17 days while he drifted in the Ocean.To see what happens next, check out the further pages.
The initial days for Adam were very difficult, probably more than what he expected. He had to spend 2 weeks on his boats water ration, but had to build a water trapping contrivance to collect water at a drop a minute. He saved lots of water when it rained. He also had to build a solid shelter after his makeshift shelter of debris form the boat collapsed. It took him 11 weeks to bring a tree down using a clam shell.
We can totally understand his condition. After all he was struggling all alone on a remotely located island. The biggest problem here was finding a food. He had to hunt for food and found 8 feral goats on the island. But they were difficult to hunt without any equipment. He tried using a bow and arrow but the construction was not sturdy enough. But as luck would have it, he found a goat trapped in some tree bushes. The experience of hunting and killing them wasn’t nice. He describes the experience as gruesome and took 15 minutes for him to kill the animal. But it was meat and close to 50 kilos of it.
All this hunting and killing required a lot of physical strength. Adam admits that he had to work hard to keep himself physically fit on the island. He says that he used to do push ups, chin ups on a tree branch and squats with boulders on his shoulders. He did those exercises every day.
That also included 300 meter runs on the beach. But according to Adam, the most difficult part was the mental agony he had to suffer on the island. Check out the next page to see how he coped up with that.
He literally went crazy all alone on the island. The constant feeling of being lonely on a big island and the impending feeling of never being rescued ate him up from inside. And therefore, he built a SOS sign 10 feet high but found it inadequate. Finally he decided to clear a large area and built a huge SOS sign that would be visible easily. He said he always had a hope of a plane flying above and sighting the SOS sign and rescuing him.
And finally the rescue came. Adam was surprised to hear the sound of plane one day above him. He waved towards the plane multiple times and the plane eventually dropped a packet for him. The packet contained fresh water, a radio, food and medical kit. When he switched on the radio and talked to the pilot, it was the first human voice he heard for 9 long years. After talking for a long time, he asked how he was found. The answer came that a kid in Minnesota had seen his SOS sign on Google Earth and alerted the authorities. Ohhh technology you beauty!