A Canadian sailor whose Christmas Eve rescue by a U.S. navy research ship was caught on video says he's lucky to be alive after spending five days adrift off the coast of Bahamas.
Éric Valois was no stranger to the waters around the Bahamas, having navigated them for 7-½ years as a sailboat tour operator.
However, on a solo trip in December, almost everything that could go wrong did.
In early December, three pirates from Haiti tried to board his 46-foot sailboat Flamboyant, but he managed to fend them off.
A few days later, Valois lost his mast, puncturing his boat's hull in the incident. That's when he discovered his backup engine wasn't functioning, either.