[00:03.11]Life on a desert island
[00:13.21]What was exceptional about the two men's stay on the desert island?
[00:20.26]Most of us have formed an unrealistic picture of life on a desert island.
[00:26.09]We sometimes imagine a desert island to be a sort of paradise where the sun always shines.
[00:33.38]Life there is simple and good.
[00:36.31]Ripe fruit falls from the trees and you never have to work.
[00:40.58]The other side of the picture is quite the opposite.
[00:43.99]Life on a desert island is wretched.
[00:47.35]You either starve to death or live like Robinson Crusoe,
[00:51.29]waiting for a boat which never comes.
[00:55.09]Perhaps there is an element of truth in both these pictures,
[00:59.13]but few of us have had the opportunity to find out.
[01:03.41]Two men who recently spent five days on a coral island wished they had stayed there longer.
[01:10.07]They were taking a badly damaged boat from the Virgin Islands to Miami to have it repaired.
[01:16.61]During the journey,their boat began to sink.
[01:20.14]They quickly loaded a small rubber dinghy with food,matches,and cans of beer
[01:25.54] and rowed for a few miles across the Caribbean until they arrived at a tiny coral island.
[01:32.35]There were hardly any trees on the island and there was no water,
[01:36.70]but this did not prove to be a problem.
[01:39.63]The men collected rainwater in the rubber dinghy.
[01:43.47]As they had brought a spear gun with them,they had plenty to eat.
[01:47.48]They caught lobster and fish every day,and as one of them put it 'ate like kings'.
[01:53.95]When a passing tanker rescued them five days later,
[01:57.48]both men were genuinely sorry that they had to leave.