A teenager who were stranded and drifting at the sea on a fishing hut for 49 days has miraculously survived the ordeal.
- Teen drift away on the sea for days and miraculously survived.
- 19-year-old Indonesian, Aldi Novel Adilang was working for floating fishing boat called ‘rompong’.
- More than 10 ships passed and shockingly no one sees the teen.
- Panamanian vessel MV Arpeggio rescued the stranded Indonesian teenager
19-year-old Indonesian, Aldi Novel Adilang was finally rescued after numerous days floating on the sea.
The teenager was working for floating fishing boat when the raft broke free of its moorings and started drifting away.
The hut is known as a ‘rompong’; a floating fish trap without any paddles or engine.
“In order to survive, Aldi drank sea water through his clothes to ensure he didn’t take in too much salt. He also managed to catch fish, which he cooked by burning the wooden posts of the rompong.”
Using a lamp and a radio, the boy tried to hail passing boats for help but unbelievable no one was able to notice his cry for help
According to him, several ships passed while he was stranded at sea, but dreadfully more than 10 of them failed to see him.
Fajar Firdaus, an Indonesian diplomat in Osaka, Japan, said “He had been scared and often cried while adrift.
Every time he saw a large ship, he said, he was hopeful, but more than 10 ships had sailed past him. None of them stopped or saw [him].”
Finally, after floating near Guam one ship, the Panamanian vessel MV Arpeggio manages to see his SOS and came to his rescue.
The rescuers tried to approach the wooden hut, but big waves were a problem so the crew threw a rope for him to catch but it didn’t reach the romping so Aldi decided to jump for the rope.
Fajar explained, “Aldi then decided to jump into the sea to grab the rope, while the waves and wind rocked him.
The ship’s crew managed to catch his hand.”
Once safe, the rescuer wrapped the exhausted teen in a blanket to keep him warm and the captain of the ship contacted the coastguard, and instructed the crew to take Aldi to Japan.
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The Indonesian Consulate shared Aldi’s story on Facebook, writing (translated):
“Aldi Novel Adilang (19 years), in a light guard in rompong (a raft house in the ocean) drifted away in mid-July 2018 to Guam waters. Aldi was discovered by a Panama-flagged vessel, M.V. Arpeggio, on August 31, 2018.
The Osaka Consulate General picked up Aldi on September 6, 2018 in Japan after the ship ensured Aldi was in good condition and got permission for him to return to Indonesia from the Japanese immigration authority.
Currently Aldi has gathered with his family in Wori, Manado, and is in good health.
The Indonesian Consulate in Osaka would like to thank the parties who have helped the rescue process until Aldi’s return safely to the country.”