Imagine yourself... adrift in a four-metre tinnie in the shark-infested waters of the Pacific Ocean - lost and seemingly forgotten - shark bait!
Ben Tooki, his uncle and a friend were caught in a storm off the island of Kiribati and swept out to sea. For forty six days they were adrift with little food or water.
There's a storm shapin' up; it's been gettin' to full on all day. We hear the rumbling noise. It sounds like the music of a digeridoo, a kind of humming sound.
"What's that noise, it's getting louder?"
"It's comin' in our direction!"
The wave grows into a giant bulge in the ocean. Lifts us like an elevator, and then begins to roll forward, not breaking, but bent on delivering us to some kind of eternity. We're three men, goin' to certain death on the mother of all waves, three men in an elevator, riding a boiling mass of water. It lasts maybe seconds, but it feels like a lifetime, and the tinnie turns in the air, finishing upside down, and me spinning under the sea.
46 Days Adrift is a blow-by-blow account of a time in hell.
The author, Barry Donnelly, describes this harrowing but life-affirming true story as one of desperate survival, comedy, hope and salvation. Narrated by the main players - Ben Tooki, his anxious, waiting, adoring mother Taoati and his always supportive and concerned step-father Neville Yates - this immensely gripping and moving story will keep the reader enthralled and wanting to turn pages to discover the outcome of this terrifying adventure.
This is a story of courage and hope and affirmation of life; about loyalty and faith of loved ones.