Paul Di Filippo's "Wavehitcher" (flash fiction, free): Swimming solo safely in open ocean for several weeks
This story is a more science fictional & hi-tech hitching a ride of a similar nature.
Story summary.A US coast guard vessel has discovered a suspicious "wavehitcher", a man hitching a free ride on an unmanned marine research robot vessel. When they catch him & get his reason for being where no one should be, it gave me a smile.
Fact sheet.First published: Nature, 10 October 2013.
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Related: Stories of Paul Di Filippo.