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This Indonesian teenager was stranded at sea for 49 days sailing on a fishing hut

This Indonesian teenager was stranded at sea for 49 days sailing on a fishing hut

Aldi Novel Adilang was stranded out in the ocean for over a month on a rompong 

Earlier today, it was reported that a teenager from Manado was rescued while at sea after being stranded afloat on a fishing hut for 49 days. 19-year-old Aldi Novel Adilang was out fishing alone on a floating fish trap, otherwise known as a rompon back in mid-July before being swept 125km out into the ocean. Adilang had been on the vessel as a lamp keeper, a job he had worked since he was 16.

 Photo courtesy of Indonesian Consulate Osaka

Photo courtesy of Indonesian Consulate Osaka

The teen was forced to ration what little supplies he had, catch additional fish to eat and drink water through his shirt in order to minimize his salt intake. Thankfully, the Panamanian vessel MV Arpeggio spotted the young boy off of Guam on August 31. Adilang says that there had been more than 10 other large ships that passed him before being spotted.

 Aldi Novel Adilang. Photo courtesy of Indonesian Consulate Osaka

Aldi Novel Adilang. Photo courtesy of Indonesian Consulate Osaka

Adilang arrived safely in Tokuyama on September 6 before flying home to Manado two days later. It’s crazy to think that Adilang’s story is literally like a real life version of Tom Hank’s Castaway (well, without Wilson) and thankfully he is now back at home with his family and in reportedly good health. Let us know what you think about the crazy story in the comments section below and be sure to subscribe to The Sitch for more crazy castaway news and other entertaining reads.

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