Motor tanker Ariel arrived at about 9 p.m., six hours after the ditching. “They made multiple rescue attempts all night, where we came within 20 feet of their ship at times while he passed at about 15 knots,” says Johansson. “That’s faster than it sounds when you’re in a 6-by-6-foot raft and it’s a 720-foot ship. It made for a restless night. We though he might run us over due to the lack of maneuverability of his ship and because he would approach us head-on.”
Pilot Nathaniel Johansson ’18 had to ditch his plane in the Pacific Ocean after the engine failed at 28,000 feet. What followed was a harrowing night in a lifeboat and a frantic rescue operation to pluck him and his co-pilot from the sea. Read the full story here.