Boy Rescued After 49 Days At Sea

An Indonesian youth has survived 48 days adrift at sea in a floating fish trap, before he was rescued by a cargo vessel more than 2000 kilometres away in the waters of Guam, from where he was taken to Japan, official sources

A diplomat from the Indonesian consulate in Osaka, Fajar Firdaus, confirmed to EFE that Aldi Novel Adilang, 19, was in good health and reunited with his family in his hometown, Wori, in North Sulawesi province.

Aldi was employed to light up a wooden floating fish trap - so as to attract the fish -- around 125km from the North Sulawesi coast.

18-year-old Aldi Novel Adilang sits on the deck of a Panamanian-flagged vessel, MV Arpeggio after being rescued in the waters near Guam. Image: AP

Once a week, someone would come with provisions for him and take away the collected fish.

However, on July 14 the rope holding the structure in place broke off and strong winds pushed it towards the north.

The structure lacked an engine and went adrift, but Aldi had a solar-powered radio, through which he tried to contact at least 10 boats that passed nearby.

The teenager survived about seven weeks adrift at sea after the floating wooden fish trap he was employed to mind slipped its moorings. 
Image: AP

Finally, the vessel MV Arpeggio, bearing a Panamanian flag, caught his radio signal and rescued him on August 31 in the waters of Guam.

The rescue was not easy owing to high waves that prevented the boat from getting close to the wooden platform, and had to be pulled up with a rope.

The captain of the vessel said that Aldi was so weak that when they found him he could not lift himself up due to exhaustion, according to the Indonesian diplomat.

The cargo ship took him to Japan, and Aldi returned to Indonesia on September 8.