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He finally chops a hole big enough to allow his head and shoulders to pass through. However, it is too dark to see anything, and he knows heíll need to make the hole bigger so he can poke around inside. He chops more and more away, saving every piece, believing now that he might be able to use them somehow in the future. In the wilderness, he can never take anything for granted, and so he can never throw anything away. Finally, he creates a hole big enough to allow him to wriggle inside. Again, he holds his breath and swims through the wreckage. He feels something made of nylon and believes it must be the bag. He surfaces, takes in more air, and tries again. He grabs the survival bag and tugs until it pulls loose. At that moment, he sees the pilot, still strapped into his seat in the front of the plane. The fish had been nibbling at his head all this time, and all that remained was a not quite clean skull wobbling loosely on the pilotís neck. Brianís mind screams in horror, and he could have ended up there with the pilot, because he takes in water, but his instincts kick in again. Brian swims for the surface through all the cables and broken parts of the tail and finally ends up hanging on a bracket at the back. But then peace comes to him, and he settles his breathing. He has the bag. He just has to get it out of the plane, onto the raft, and back to shore.
By the time Brian finally gets the bag out of the plane and onto the
raft, it is nearly dark. He is bone tired and he still has to get the
raft to shore. Many times, as he pushes and pulls, he thinks he isnít
going to make it, and by the time he comes to shore, he is exhausted and
unable to stand. Eventually, however, he drags the bag back to his shelter.
Once again, he has done it!
This is perhaps Brianís greatest feat - finding the survival bag and bringing it back to his shelter. He has used his intelligence and his logic. He has been patient and waited until he had the strength to do it. And he has survived even the horror of the pilotís fish eaten skull to do it. It is a moment of great pride and the ultimate example of the new, more mature Brian.
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