At that point, Dan and Kate decided to split from the captain and the crew member and swim. They were 8 miles from shore, battered by 12 foot waves and rain from above. Amidst all that, they lost sight of land in the distance.
A rescue helicopter searched for them, but could not spot the two humans amidst the swirling sea. The sun was setting, and survival was far from certain.
"There's this very real understanding that the situation is dire," Kate Suski said. "You come face-to-face with understanding your own mortality ... We both processed the possible ways we might die. Would we drown? Be eaten by a shark?"
"Hypothermia?" Dan Suski added.
"Would our legs cramp up and make it impossible to swim?" Kate continued.
It's a miracle that none of that did happen. The two said they couldn't stop thinking about sharks, but it's the other reasons they named that probably would have done them in eventually.
"I thought I was going to vomit I was so scared," she said.
They swam for 12-14 hours, but even then, survival wasn't guaranteed. They couldn't find anyone in the night, so they found some grass to sleep on and tried to keep warm. The next day, they hiked through the brush, picking unripe bananas and mangoes.
"It was probably the best and worst banana I've ever had," Dan said.
Eventually they found a farmer, found a hospital, survived. Phew.
And what about the captain and the mate? They were still being looked for when Dan and Kate made it to the hospital. They were in the water for 23 hours before they were found, alive.
"Since this ordeal, I've been waking up at dawn every morning," said Kate. "I've never looked forward to the sunrise so much in my life."