After the 2009 movie
I met him on an ice planet. Must be a convenient place to maroon people. Isn't it somewhat strange? He sticks me on this planet, just where he can save my life. OK, two different hes, but still him. Just close enough to walk to the Federation outpost that holds the only man in the galaxy who can get me aboard the Enterprise at warp. The coincidences jump out at you, like a big, nasty, red Delta Vegan ice lobster.
I don't know if I accept the "Reality pulled some strings to keep itself from imploding" explanation. But still. Coincidences.