While they don't come outright and say it, the fire is what saved him. The point being when all is lost, scorched raft (earth) policy is best. He was doing the "titanic" scene & noticed the launch approaching his burning ring of fire. He's going down, down, down no, wait a lifeboat? Swim you B@$t#rd, Swim
I'm glad they ended the movie there, I couldn't have tolerated the dialog after being saved.