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'Miracle' rescue buoyed by hope and faith

A lucky string of events and quick thinking saves seven family members who floated for 20 hours off Charleston, S.C.

Wearing PFDs and staying together near the boat helped save the anglers. Shown here are (from left) Tyler Willimon, Jody Gouge and his son Xander.A family fishing trip became a test of faith and survival as seven anglers - ages 5 to 60 - floated off Charleston,  S.C., for 20 hours after their 38-foot powerboat sank. They were rescued when a sharp-eyed Coast Guard helicopter crewman spotted them under a sliver of moon.

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Knowing when to doubt what you see

n_16a_indepthOverreliance on electronics without other references is among the lessons from a maxi-yacht grounding

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Occasional errors can render GPS temporarily unreliable

n_18_indepthGPS accuracy - its ability to fix a position - occasionally degrades for short periods in a limited number of locations, so it's not a good idea to depend on a GPS/chart plotter alone for navigating, says Bob Markle, president of the Radio Technical Commission for Maritime Services. The commission is an organization of government, commercial and educational entities that helps develop policies and standards for navigation and communications systems.

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Operation Flier: a sub, a crew, a rescue

n_20b_indepthEight men lived when the USS Flier struck a mine during World War II. Douglas A. Campbell retraces their path as they evaded enemy capture

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Master navigator shared his secrets

21_navigator_01Mau Piailug preserved the art of navigating vast stretches of open water without instruments

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