Kaigani Point, Long Island

Elmo Wortman and his three children moved to the remote coastline of southeast Alaska in the mid-1970s. In February 1979, the family was sailing back to Alaska from Prince Rupert, British Columbia in a home-built 33-foot boat when they were caught in a massive storm that left them shipwrecked on an uninhabited stretch of coastline. They were miles from help and had no hope of rescue. Caught in freezing mid-winter weather with almost no food, a sail as their only shelter, and a leaky dinghy that could only carry two people safely, the chance of survival was almost nonexistent. Elmo knew there was only one possibility of making it out alive - they had to paddle some 20 miles to a hut at Rose Inlet that was frequented by trappers during winter. Read the news article about their survival here. Elmo wrote about this epic story in the book "Almost Too Late", and this was made into a feature film called "Anything to Survive". Click here to download the CoastView app and explore the area where the family was shipwrecked. 

 Kaigani Point, Long Island

Kaigani Point, Long Island