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Man rescued from deserted island after 38 years asked to self-quarantine 14 days

Hawaii - A Tennessee man who was rescued from a deserted island after 38 years has been asked to self-quarantine for 14 days before he is allowed to return home to Nashville.

Bob Wilson was on a family trip to Hawaii in the summer of 1982 when he went overboard during a shark sight-sighting expedition. The Coast Guard and maritime patrols searched for Wilson for weeks before they gave up and presumed him to be dead.

On Tuesday, a cruise ship crew member spotted a smoke signal coming from an unknown Pacific island and a team took a dingy to investigate. They found Wilson on the shore and immediately brought him aboard the cruise ship for medical attention.

Wilson was transported to Hawaii on Wednesday where he was asked to self-quarantine in a hotel for 14 days due to his time spent on the cruise ship.

Wilson's wife, Eileen, told reporters, "I always knew that Bob was alive. I never, ever gave up hope." Eileen remarried Wilson's best friend in the spring of 1983.

After speaking to his wife and learning more about the state of the world, Wilson told reporters, "It's been real, but I think I'm good. Where can I catch a boat?"

Inquisitor Nashville reached out to Wilson for comment but he was unavailable. A hotel valet said he last saw him heading toward the marina, looking for shark sight-seeing ticket booth.

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