Jakarta – An Indonesian fisherman survived three days at sea by clinging to an ice box after his boat capsized off the Molucca islands last week, a rescue official said on Tuesday.
“Udin Diman, 46, went out to sea to catch fish on Sept. 14 but his boat sank after it was battered by high seas,’’ Muhamad Arafah, the head of the search and rescue agency on Ternate island, said.
According to him, the fisherman was found on Thursday evening while holding onto the bright orange ice box, weak but in good health.
“The man had a good survival instinct.
“He didn’t make unnecessary movements to conserve energy. Kudos for his survival knowledge,” Arafah told dpa.
Udin returned home after spending several hours in hospital.
“I fainted several times because I was too hungry and slept until rescuers came,” Udin was quoted as saying by the news site Sosok.id.