Danny Boyle's 127 Hours is running film-goers through the wringer, on "one man's incredible, unforgettable journey...[and] making it ours." (Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times ).
Unless you've been stuck between a rock, and had to cut off your own arm to escape, you are no doubt familiar with the plot of the film by now.
Films like 127 Hours derive their cathartic climax by giving audiences an approximation of an event without any of the actual danger, or pain. They create a virtual visceral experience.
It's enough to make you wonder what you'd do, if you were stuck in that situation.
If you were, I don't know, say stuck on a deserted island...what would you do?
In a story that will almost certainly not inspire a sequel to 127 Hours, comes the story of Brian "Goat Man" Hopper—a 54-year-old man for whom salvation was one click away.
November 23, 2010|By Justin Berton, Chronicle Staff Writer
ALAMEDA, Calif. — A Station Vallejo rescue crew rescued a 54-year-old man, who was stranded on Roe Island for five days after his inflatable raft started taking on water, Nov. 22, 2010. Station Vallejo transferred the man to emergency medical technicians.
What appeared to be a harrowing story of survival emerged from Suisun Bay on Monday - that of a wayward rafter who spent five days stranded on a deserted island nibbling on vitamins and native plants and fashioning a crude "SOS" sign until the U.S. Coast Guard rescued him.
But after returning to shore, Brian "Goat Man" Hopper added a twist to the tale. He admitted that he failed to make use of a key piece of equipment during his stay on Roe Island north of Concord: a cellular telephone.
"I was embarrassed to be stranded on an island," Hopper, a 54-year-old artist from Encino (Los Angeles County), told The Chronicle. "I thought I could fix my boat and make it to land. ... I didn't want to spend the taxpayers' money to have the Coast Guard come rescue some stupid guy."
But on Monday morning, the Coast Guard did collect Hopper on a 25-foot boat after receiving a call from one of his friends - a man Hopper had telephoned directly.
Rescuers pieced together clues from Hopper - that he could see Naval vessels and could hear reveille, a military bugle call, every morning - and determined he must be near the Concord Naval Weapons Station. The Coast Guard also worked with Hopper's cell phone provider to triangulate his signal.
After finding him waving a red flag, the Coast Guard learned that the victim had gotten stranded after an unusual adventure.
Hopper, nicknamed Goat Man for his ability to scale mountainsides, said he started out Wednesday morning on the Sacramento River, where he loaded a $300 inflatable raft with camping supplies, two burritos, a bag of vitamins, a Bible and a mannequin of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
"This trip was a campaign," Hopper explained. "I wanted to bring more attention to social diseases."
Hopper hoped to make it to the Golden Gate Bridge, but disaster struck when his raft sprang a leak in Suisun Bay, east of the Benicia Bridge. He said he managed to guide the sinking vessel to shore, then figured he'd make camp on the island until he fixed the raft.
"He was lucky to make it to shore," said Lt. j.g. Laura Williams, a Coast Guard spokeswoman. "In those weather conditions, it's cold, the water is very cold, and it can be really dangerous."
Hopper said he tried to scout the island for life, but high winds pushed him around, making walking difficult. He slept the first night in a tent and spent the next morning gathering chunks of Styrofoam to plug his raft's leak. The Contra Costa County shoreline was about a mile away.
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