Bailey’s spouses faced a perilous journey at sea, surviving nearly 4 months stranded. A wounded whale shattered their yacht, pushing them to the limits of survival.
Maurice and Marilyn Bailey’s dream sea voyage turned into a harrowing ordeal. Married in 1962, they set sail for New Zealand in 1973 but faced a tragic encounter with a whale that ruptured their yacht.
Abandoned in the open sea, the couple endured hardships, surviving on meager supplies. They faced hunger, ate raw turtles and birds, and battled sharks for survival. Hope dwindled as weeks turned into months.
Despite the struggle, their bond strengthened. The couple drifted into an internal transformation, feeling connected to the sea and its creatures. Their rescue by a Korean fishing vessel marked the end of 117 days adrift.
The Baileys, physically and emotionally transformed, shared their incredible story in the book “117 Days Adrift.” They embarked on more sea adventures, later settling ashore, embracing life’s challenges.
Marilyn passed away in 2002 after battling cancer, while Maurice lived on, cherishing the unforgettable days at sea with his beloved partner. The Baileys’ extraordinary journey remains a testament to resilience and enduring love.