BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The Colombian army rescued a person from Dominica who says he survived 24 days adrift within the Caribbean on a sailboat through consuming ketchup, garlic powder and seasoning cubes.
Elvis Francois, 47, had scrawled the phrase “lend a hand” in English at the boat’s hull, which officers stated used to be key to his rescue.
The sailboat through which Francois used to be adrift used to be noticed from the air 120 nautical miles northwest of Los angeles Guajira peninsula after which escorted to the port town of Cartagena with the assistance of a passing container send, the Colombian army stated in a remark Wednesday.
Francois informed Colombian government that his ordeal started in December when currents swept the sailboat out to sea whilst he used to be making maintenance off the island of St. Martin within the Netherlands Antilles, the place he lives.
“I referred to as my buddies, they attempted to touch me, however I misplaced the sign. There used to be not anything else to do however take a seat and wait,” Francois recalled in a video launched through the army.
He stated subsisted on a bottle of ketchup, garlic powder and Maggi cubes.
Francois stated he needed to repeatedly take away water from the boat to stop it from sinking. He additionally attempted to mild a fireplace to ship a misery sign with out good fortune.
After all, a airplane handed through and he signaled with a replicate. He stated the army informed him that he used to be noticed when the airplane handed once more.
“One day I misplaced hope and considered my circle of relatives, however I thank the coast guard. If it weren’t for them I wouldn’t be telling the tale,” Francois stated.
The army stated Francois used to be in excellent well being when he used to be rescued. After receiving a scientific take a look at on shore, he used to be passed over to immigration government for his go back house to Dominica.