I am always glad when a sailor makes it back after a sinking or disaster like this. So, I am glad he made it.
What follows is not a criticism of the man, his seamanship, his boat, or his rescue.
I watched the video (interview).
What I found most striking was his apparently good physical condition after 66 days adrift.
Why? Looking at the interview, he appears to be in remarkably good physical condition (e.g. not gaunt). Just looking at him, I would never guess he just got lifted off a boat
after starving for 64 days in survival conditions and on survival rations or caught fish
Instead, I would imagine that anyone adrift for 66 days (and injured with broken collar bone) who subsisted on rain water
he caught would look in "worse condition" (e.g. gaunt, emaciated, thin, skinny) than this man.
1. From the interview it appears he was only intending to be gone out fishing
for a few days.
2. From the interview it appears he was capsized after just 2 days out on the ocean and the rest of the time was drifting. The interviewer (2:50) asked him a couple of times how far out he was when he capsized, but his answer was vague ("I'm sorry."). So, apparently he drifted for 64 days without steerage or sails
and while injured.
A second example of his remarkable good condition and recovery was that in the interview he says he broke his collarbone, and this kept him from using his right arm. I imagine that was painful and would definitely hinder repairs
So, I was surprised
to see the photo
of him leaving the Coast Guard helicopter with a loaded daypack slung on his right shoulder. See the photo
below from the Guardian newspaper.
So, an interesting case.