Steven Callahan, who was born in 1952, is an American sailor and naval architect. He gained his worldwide popularity by surviving 76 consecutive days adrift. He was stranded helpless on a emergency life raft in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. His sloop tragically sunk after a whale hit its bottom. Callahan told his incredible story about survival and the power of the human spirit in his book “Adrift: 76 days Lost At Sea”. His book was an all-time bestseller for 36 straight weeks when it got published in 1986.
What is even more interesting about Steven is that he became the real life inspiration and backbone of the 2012 movie“Life of Pi”. In 2010 the director of the movie Ang Lee invited Steven Callahan to become the survival and marine consultant for the movie. According to the director without Callahan’s inspiring story and unique contribution the movie wouldn’t have been such a great success grossing over $600 million at the box office.