shipwreck link of the day
A 77-year-old Japanese fisherman, Yoshimoto Ikari, was rescued after 15 days lost at sea, during which he survived two, count 'em, two typhoons on his small boat.
The veteran fisherman was found drifting on his 0.6-tonne, six-metre (20-foot) long boat on Thursday by another vessel off Aguni island, some 300 kilometres (186 miles) southwest of his last known position.
"He was dehydrated but was fine for a man who had been drifting about for 15 days," local coast guard spokesman Kiyoshi Kawamura said.
"We are amazed by the fact the 77-year-old man was strong enough physically and mentally to hold out this long ... as the weather was not good," he said.
"Waves were high for some 10 days or two thirds of the 15 days" due to two typhoons that passed the area, he said.
Ikari must have been "at the mercy of the waves," which rose as high as six metres (20 feet) at the worst time, the coast guard said.
Ikari reportedly had only one riceball and 10 litres (2.6 gallons) of water when he set out on his fishing trip.
He was airlifted to hospital on a stretcher late Thursday. He suffered severe sunburn on his face but is making a good recovery.
The coastguard said it was not immediately known why Ikari was unable to return to port as he had so far only said that his radio did not work.
(Via FARK; cross-posted at Destroy All Monsters)