Aldi Novel Adilang, an Indonesian teenager from Sulawesi who will be 19 on September 30, survived for 49 days at sea by cooking fish over wood taken from his vessel after doing his work on a fishing hut.
He was 125km (77 miles) off the Indonesian coast in mid-July working as a lamp keeper on a floating fish trap when heavy winds caused its moorings to snap. After, he floated on the "rompong" - the floating fish trap without any paddles or engine - thousands of kilometers away near Guam , where he was picked up by a Panamanian vessel, MV Arpeggio. He only had a limited amount of supplies. So, he caught fish and cooked it by burning the rompong's wooden fences. He drank by sipping water from his clothes. 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].
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After being rescued, he was transported in Japan and than he flew back to Indonesia accompanied by consulate officials to be reunited with his family. Aldi said he thought he “was going to die out there,” in an interview. At one point he said was suicidal and considered jumping into the ocean. He had a Bible on board and he prayed. He is in good health now.