Coastguard officials say it is a ‘miracle’ that the 69-year-old made it
A 69-year-old man had a “miracle” rescue nearly 22 hours after his boat capsized in stormy weather off the Japanese coast.
The video showed members of the coastguard team yelling “We are coming! Just a little bit longer! Hold on tight!” to the man, who was on his way to the Yakushima resort island on Saturday afternoon when the boat capsized.
Once his boat began to sink, he called a colleague on the island but was found only about 22 hours after he had placed the call.
“He was out in the sea alone for 22 horas. I am amazed by his survival skills,” one coastguard official was quoted by AFP as saying.
The Asahi Shimbun newspaper quoted an official as saying that the man had wrapped himself in a plastic sheet to protect him from the storm. “It’s a miracle he survived,” the official added.
In a separate incident in October, two men from the Solomon Islands were rescued after remaining adrift for 29 dias after their GPS tracker stopped working. They were rescued almost 400km off the coast of Papua New Guinea, from where they began their journey.
One of the two rescued men had said that even though he was looking forward to going back home, “I guess it was a nice break from everything.”