The country’s maritime authorities say a man abandoned in the Caribbean Sea survived 24 days on just ketchup before he was rescued in Colombian waters.
“I had nothing to eat, just a bottle of ketchup, garlic powder and Maggi (bouillon cubes). I mixed everything with water to live for about 24 days,” Elvis François, a 47-year-old Dominican, said in a video released by the Colombian Navy.
The survivor wrote the word “help” on the hull of his sailboat, which was found 120 nautical miles (about 220 kilometers) northwest of Puerto Bolivar, in the northern province of La Guajira.
On January 15th, I saw a plane pass by. I had a mirror and it started signaling ‘with the sun’s reflection,’ when I saw them pass by twice, I understood they had seen me,” he explains.
Soon the Colombian Navy came to his rescue with the support of a merchant ship.
In December, while this Dominica resident was repairing a sailboat in front of a port on the island of Saint Martin in the northeastern West Indies, he was “taken out to sea” by bad weather, according to a statement. from the Navy.
The same source adds: “Without any knowledge of navigation, he was lost and distracted at sea, and his efforts to maneuver the ship and the equipment on board were futile.”
Several times, he tried to make calls, but to no avail, due to lack of network.
“I couldn’t do anything but sit and wait… 24 days away from Earth, no one to talk to, no one to know what to do, no place to be. It was hard, at times I gave up hope, and I thought about my family.”
He was handed over to the Immigration Services so that they can organize his return to Dominica.
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