Three days after they were stranded, the crew were dehydrated and delirious. Convinced he saw land, Captain John Lippoth leaped into the water.
“All of a sudden we just hear this shrill scream,” remembered Scaling-Kiley. “Blood-curdling. Then it was over, silence. There was no crying, nothing. There was no doubt what got him. The sharks got him.”
In a similarly unstable state, their friend Mark Adams told the others he was heading to the store to buy beer and cigarettes. Scaling-Kiley and Cavanagh tried to save their friend, but they couldn’t stop him jumping into the water.
As a shark fed on Adams, it hit beneath the boat, causing it to spin.