A teen from Indonesia was rescued after being at sea for almost 50 days on a shack in shark infested water. The 19 year old’s name is Aldi Novel Adilang. He was on the job of manning a floating fish trap about 80 miles of the coast of Indonesia’s North Sulawesi, when huge winds ripped the hut from its anchor and sent it off into the Pacific Ocean. “Aldi said he had been scared and often cried while adrift,” Fajar Firdhaus, a diplomat at the Indonesian consulate in Osaka, said. Aldi was stranded on a rompong, which is a type of raft. He survived on fish that he attracted nightly with lamps powered by a generator. “After he ran out of the cooking gas, he burned the rompong’s wooden fences to make a fire for cooking,” said Mirza Nurhidayat, Indonesia’s consul general in Osaka. “He drank by sipping water from his clothes that had been wetted by sea water.” Over 10 boats passed Albi and his hopes rose every time he saw one, but none of them ever noticed him. At one point, a shark started circling the boat but he couldn’t do anything so he prayed it went away. He read the Bible daily. On August 31, a big bulk carrier Arpeggio caught a signal from Albi’s radio and picked him up. Albi finally returned home on September 9 in good health.

 

Authors Opinion:

I thought that this article was very interesting, but unsettleing. I can’t even imagine being alone at sea for almost 50 days with nothing to do but hope that someone finds you. I would be so scared. Albi is probably going to be scarred for life because of this event. I hope that this never happens to someone again, and that he can recover from the traumatic experience. Overall, I think that this article was interesting but a little short.

 

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