Have you ever taken a cruise? For many families, spending a week at sea aboard a ship, whether it be a gigantic cruise liner or a private yacht, is a wonderful way to relax, let loose, and blow off some steam with your family and friends. For the Duperrault family, however, their luxurious vacation turned into an absolute nightmare. Over fifty years later, a member of the family is prepared to tell their story.
Keep reading to learn more about the shocking and absolutely TERRIFYING story of Terry Jo Duperrault. Be forewarned, though — slide 4 will have you thinking twice before taking that cruise you’ve been saving up for!
#12 The Duperrault Family
Dr. Arthur Dupperault and his wife Jean were the happy parents of Brian, 14, Terry Jo, 11, and Renee, 7. They made their home in Green Bay, Wisconsin, where Arthur was an eye surgeon. Of course, midwestern winters are chilly, so they decided to take a bit of a vacation down south…
#11 The Vacation Of A Lifetime?
The family chartered a 60-foot yacht known as the “Bluebell.” The captain, Julian Harvey, and his wife, Mary Dene, planned to guide the Duperraults on a weeklong exploration of the islands in the Bahamas. And that’s exactly what they did! For four days, at least… What happened next would not be revealed for decades.
#10 What’s That In The Water?
On the day the Duperrault’s vacation was supposed to end, Captain Harvey arrived on Miami Beach in a dinghy. He reported that his ship had capsized in a storm and that he was the only survivor. A few weeks later, though, a merchant ship in the Atlantic Ocean noticed something strange floating in the water.
#9 The World Watches
The trade boat pulled up to the floating object and discovered that it was none other than Terry Jo Duperrault! They were SHOCKED, as everyone assumed the entire Dupperault family was dead. She was rushed to a Miami, Florida hospital for medical care. Meanwhile, the captain began speaking to the media about what a “miracle” her discovery was.
#8 A Total Mad Dash
At the hospital, doctors and nurses scrambled around the clock to care for Terri Jo. She was running a fever of 105 degrees, suffered from severe dehydration, and was completely emaciated. Still, she grew strong by the day. Eventually, she was feeling well enough to tell the truth about what really happened.