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The Woman Whose Survival Inspired a Shark Week Movie Lived a Truly Incredible Life


Everyone's talking about Capsized: Blood in the Water, Shark Week's first TV movie. It's definitely a Hollywood production (Josh Duhamel plays the lead), but Capsized: Blood in the Water is actually inspired by a real-life tragedy. 

When a yacht capsized during a 1982 storm and sunk off the coast of North Carolina, there were only two survivors. Twenty years later, one of them passed away. How did Deborah Scaling Kiley die? Here's what you need to know about this incredible woman.

How Did Deborah Scaling Kiley Die?

Miraculously, Deborah survived the 1982 boat crash that claimed three lives. She passed away 20 years later on August 13, 2012, at the age of 54. Per the Star-Telegram, Deborah died in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, where she had recently moved. 

An obituary archived at did not list Deborah's cause of death. Her family requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to the Fort Worth Stock Show Equine Scholarship Fund or the Humane Society.