Jes Hathaway is the editor in chief of National Fisherman magazine and NationalFisherman.com.
Friday, 12 December 2008
One of the things Jennifer Finn (National Fisherman's art director) and I have in common is an affinity for tales of daring and survival. We have a lot of access to sea stories in our day jobs, so when one of us runs across a good one, we pass it on.
While reviewing the January 1979 issue of National Fisherman for the Fishing Back When page, I ran across an amazing story of survival out of Kodiak, Alaska.
Here's the excerpt from the January Back When, on page 6:
The 42-foot crabber Marion A sinks in rough seas on Oct. 2, on its second day out of Kodiak, Alaska. Gerard Bourgeois, 29, is the only survivor of the three-man crew. Captain Delno Oldham and crewman Jerry Allain perish in the frigid water. Bourgeois' survival hinges on the lucky find of a Gumby suit floating in the water and landfall on a desolate island, where he lasts 12 days to rescue — which comes on Friday the 13th.
Jen and I got to talking about it, and up popped a question we almost always ask after we read these stories: Where is he now?
So now I'm asking. Where is Gerard Bourgeois, lone survivor of the Marion A?
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