“I remained in the raft all afternoon and well into the evening,” he said. “I made the most of the daylight hours to try and dry out my clothes a bit. Due to the strong swell, [I] was unable to tie on to the boat [and] quickly started to drift away from her.”
Sanso had been in the raft for about six hours when he spotted a C-296 reconnaissance aircraft. Signaling with a hand flare, he was relieved that help was on the way. Seven hours later he heard the sound of engines and saw a helicopter maneuvering near the boat.