Fa­tigue sets in

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Back in Fort Washington, Al­li­son be­gan to won­der why Lanny and Mary had not re­turned. She knew Lanny did not fly in the dark; the plane had no land­ing lights. Al­li­son tried to get through to the Fed­eral Avi­a­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion.

“The FAA told us to call Lock­heed [Martin, which tracks flight plans]. … Lock­heed told me at that time that they had lost con­tact with him and that they’d con­tacted search-and-res­cue. That’s when it re­ally hit me,” Al­li­son said.

Lanny had left his mother be­hind, to float away in the waves. He de­scribed the de­ci­sion to leave her bat­tered body as “cold and cal­cu­lat­ing.” But he rea­soned that his mother would have wanted Lanny to save him­self, not worry about her life­less body.

As the sun went down, Lanny’s back hurt and he was shiv­er­ing, but he con­tin­ued to push through the waves. By 6 p.m., he reached a nar­row sand­bar where he could touch bot­tom. His spir­its lifted and he con­tin­ued to move to­ward land.

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