Clinging To Life
In 1961 as a freight carrier sailed the waters near the Bahamas, they stumbled upon something they never thought they’d see. In the distance, they spotted a young girl on a cork raft, barely clinging on to life. They began to wonder how she ended up floating along the Atlantic ocean and what she would share with them would shock everyone.
11-year-old Terry Jo Duperrault and her family set off on a trip that was supposed to be the most memorable of their lives, but instead, it would turn out to be their worst nightmare. Her father, Dr. Arthur Duperrault was an eye doctor from Green Bay, Wisconsin and was ready to take his family on an adventure. Her mother, Jean, was ready for the trip they had been saving up for, for years.
A Family Event
They brought along their three children Brian, 14, Terry Jo, 11, and Renee, 7 hoping to show them the time of their lives. They were going to start out from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, renting a 60-foot yacht to take them all around the Bahamas.
Bluebell needed a full-time captain, and that was the well trained Julian Harvey. On November 8th, 1961, the family set out, excited for what they were about to experience. The captain had brought his wife Mary Dene along for the ride, and for the first four days, everything went according to plan.