But murderer Harvey forced Terry Jo back below deck, where the 11-year-old sat cowering in fear. It wasn’t until the water began to fill her cabin that she decided to go back on deck.

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Harvey had opened up the ship’s sea valves with the intention of scuttling the vessel and gave Terry Jo a rope attached to a dinghy to hold.┬áLater, Fassbender’s friend, Richard Logan, speculated that Harvey had planned on killing the girl too.

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Instead, Terry Jo dropped the rope and Harvey dove into the sea to catch up with the dinghy – his lifeline. He abandoned Terry Jo on a sinking ship – but the 11-year-old was much tougher than she looked.

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Terry Jo untied a tiny cork float and sailed away on it just as the ship sank. She drifted for the next four days without food or water. After a while she began to hallucinate – but she never lost faith in that she would be saved.

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Eventually Captain Theo, a Greek freighter was passing through the Northwest Providence Channel that cuts through the Bahamas, discovered and rescued Terry Jo. She had a high fever and was suffering from sunburn and severe dehydration. One of the crew snapped a photograph of her tiny body floating on the boat in the huge ocean – it made headlines around the world.

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The day previously, Harvey was found by the coastguard, floating in the dinghy alongside Renee’s dead body. The killer captain said a storm has battered the ship and sparked a fire and had sunk. He said he had unsuccessfully attempted to revive the girl after finding her in the water.

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