http://www.newser.com/story/250833/wome ... cuers.htmlWomen Lost at Sea Back on Land After 5 Months
Jennifer Appel and Tasha Fuiava touched foot on dry land for the first time since May over the weekend, and as they got their land legs back, they thanked those who'd rescued them after five months lost at sea. The women, who endured sharks and storms while drifting in the Pacific after their boat's motor and mast failed, spoke Sunday at a press conference in Okinawa, Japan, offering gratitude to the crew of the US Navy ship that rescued them Wednesday.
They also had two dogs. Which they never ate.
Presumably the brought a year's worth of food and a "water purifier" (I'm guessing a manual reverse osmosis pump). These certainly exist the but effort put into using them manually isn't ideal. For a typical watermaker, in a 24 hour a day pumping 40 strokes a minute you get about 5 gallons. But it's like filling a bicycle tire; you'd be lucky to do it for half an hour and you'd sweat out as much water as you make. They're not very practical.