A 19-year-old boy survived 49 days at sea, eating fish he caught and drinking seawater he filtered using his shirt.
Aldi Novel Adilang was in charge of a rompong, a fishing hut consisting of a rectangular, raft-like structure with a small thatched-roofed hut on top of it. He was stationed about 77 miles off the coast of Indonesia when high winds severed the line anchoring the structure and it became unmoored.
With no paddles or way to power the vessel, Adilang spent the next 49 days adrift, eventually arriving in waters near Guam, some 1,200 miles from his home in Indonesia.
During this time, Adilang used the meager provisions he already had with him (about a week's worth of food, water, and fuel for a cook stove) sparingly. He caught fish and drank rain water. When the fuel for the stove was used up, he cooked the fish on fires he made from broken-off pieces of railing from the rompong.
Whenever a ship passed in the distance he lit a lantern as a signal, but the first ten ships apparently didn't see it.
Luckily for Adilang, after nearly two months at sea, crew members from the Panama-flagged MV Arpeggio, saw his signal and rescued him.
Here's footage of the rescue:
Twitter users were impressed with Adilang's will to live and his ability to survive:
Some were particularly impressed with how he used his shirt as a water filter:
Commenters found similarities between survivor-themed movies and this real-life tale:
Of course, to some, Adilang's survival was no biggie:
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