Indonesian teen survives 49 days at sea on a floating fishing trap
Kjri Osaka (Indonesia Consulate in Osaka) An Indonesian teenager survived while lost at sea for well over a month.
An Indonesian teenager lost adrift at sea on a floating platform known as a rompong stayed alive by catching fish and drinking sea water, according to reports from the Jakarta Post and the Associated Press.
Aldi Novel Adilang worked as a lamp keeper for the rompong , which is used to catch fish, and was posted around 125 kilometers (78 miles) out at sea from North Sulawesi province at the time of his ordeal , the reports said. The Jakarta Post put his age at 19, while AP said he was 18 years old.
A strong wind on July 14 blew Adilang 1,920 kilometers (1,200 miles) to waters near Guam, the Associated Press said, forcing him to survive for 49 days until a ship eventually rescued him on August 31.
Fishing is an important livelihood in Indonesia, which exported more than $3.1 billion in seafood in 2016, according to data compiled by MIT's Observatory of Economic Complexity.
Shaped like a hut, rompongs are typically cast out in the middle of the sea and are anchored to the seabed by a rope.
Adilang's responsibility was to light lamps around the device with a power generator to attract fish, ac cording to both reports. In an interview with AP, Adilang said that he no longer wants to work on a rompong.
Read the Jakarta Post's story and the AP's report for more on Adilang's rescue.A typical Thai fishing boat Source: Google News Indonesia | Netizen 24 Indonesia