The Darwin Awards

2000 At-Risk Survivor

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2000 At-Risk Survivor
Confirmed by Darwin

(17 September 2000, Queensland, Australia) Six young men and women with no sailing experience were rescued from an stolen luxury yacht after drifting into a pier only 400 metres from its mooring. They had intended to sail around the world, and had packed all the essentials; 60 cans of baked beans, 1000 condoms, some liquor and cola and a library book on navigating by the stars. Lucky for them they were caught, as police report that "they had no fresh water and no food other than baked beans." The would-be sailors have been charged with unlawful use of a vessel. We can all be glad that at least with 1000 condoms, they weren't planning to breed.

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Submitted by: Fiona Mackie
Reference: Victoria Sunday Herald, Cairns Post


Chris Birchley says, "I wish to attempt to help validate this story. This actually happened in Cairns, my hometown. I think the offenders were drunk at the time. Contact the Cairns Post and ask for front page news around that time."

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