By Richard D. Logan PhD, Tere Duperrault Fassbender
Terry Jo Duperrault used to be eleven whilst her relations used to be murdered at sea aboard a chartered sailboat off the coast of Florida. She jumped overboard simply in time to flee. Surviving 4 days on a cork waft in the midst of the sea, Terry Jo's rescue photos graced existence journal quickly after she used to be found.This is the 1st time Terry Jo, referred to now as Tere Duperrault Fassbender, has been capable of totally inform her tale. In September 1988 Oprah Winfrey reunited her with the freighter captain who stored her yet, even then, she used to be now not healed sufficient to bare what it took to outlive for 4 days adrift and on my own at sea.Co-authored via psychologist and survival professional Richard Logan, readers delve into the main points of the way a bit woman survived the homicide of her relations; the slow cave in of the small cork glide she used to maintain afloat whereas guarded by means of a small pod of whales; and the aftermath and the reclamation of life.ALONE is the final word inspirational story of fine.
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Funk passed away in 1982, and this author is fortunate to have been given his files in 1992 by his good friend, the late Gene Miller, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and reporter for the Miami Herald. Gene Miller himself was also a source of some information, as he followed the Bluebelle story closely and was the lead writer in a series of ten-year “Where are they now” follow-ups on the Bluebelle story. Incidentally, Gene Miller’s obituary pointedly mentioned the Bluebelle story as one of the most memorable stories of his distinguished career.
Funk, who died in 1982, also wrote some of the early Associated Press wire service stories on the Bluebelle. At some point, Ben entrusted his files on the Bluebelle and Julian Harvey to his good friend, the late Gene Miller, Pulitzer Prize-winning Miami Herald writer. He evidently hoped that Mr. Miller might one day write a book. Miller gave me Funk’s research notes in 1992. He had followed Tere’s story and had deep affection for her, and she for him. I believe it was his hearing of my personal friendship with Tere that led him to give me these notes.
The Bluebelle rose and then plunged and shivered slightly from the tension of wind versus wave as her bow sliced through eight-foot swells. As she sailed nearly into the wind with her rigging taut, the wind lifted the white spume off the tops of the waves and threw it into the faces of the ketch’s passengers. The tropical wind was refreshing and the salt spray breaking over the bow was cold and exhilarating. In the excitement of it all, nobody cared about getting wet or getting the first taste of salt on their lips.