Aldi Novel Adilang survived for more than a month in the open sea with only enough food for a month. The 19-year-old was supposed to simply light the lamps on the wooden fishing hut on which he worked to attract fish at night. He saw other people only once a week when new supplies were brought to him. But after his mooring line broke, he drifted for hundreds and possibly thousands of miles.
Imagine being all alone with nothing around you but the ocean. While that might sound like a much-needed break from the busy, noisy cities we live in, it was a nightmare for young Aldi.
Aldi lived on the fishing hut (called a rompong) about 123km off Indonesia's coast.
On 14 July, the line that was anchoring Aldi's hut was snapped by the high winds and he was set loose, into the vast ocean.
He was floating in the Pacific Ocean with no sense of direction, little food and no water. The brave teen survived by compromising as much as he could.
He drank ocean water that was partially strained through his clothes and rationed his food supplies - meant to last only a week. According to npr.org, Aldi sustained himself on fish.
Aldi survived like this for 49 days. The youngster was scared, being alone at sea like that. He admitted later that he often cried.
Fortunately, on 31 August, a ship passed Aldi and he was taken on board. This was after more than 10 other ships sailed past him without ever noticing him.
The ship, Arpeggio, was on its way to Japan and the teenager travelled with the crew. He finally returned to his family on 9 September.
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