Brazilian Fisherman Survives 11 Days In Floating Cooler After Boat Sinks In Atlantic

Romualdo Macedo Rodrigues went out final month on a routine fishing journey that was presupposed to final three days. However when cracks appeared in his boat and it began to tackle water, the Brazilian fisherman believed he was doomed — till fast considering saved his life.

Rodrigues, 44, initially set out for the island of Illet la Mere off the coast of French Guiana, in accordance with Yahoo. He seen widening cracks in his boat, nevertheless, which sank in Oiapoque waters off northern Brazil. Unable to swim, he sprang into motion — and into the onboard cooler.

“I was desperate,” Rodrigues advised CNN affiliate File TV in a narrative revealed Saturday. “I thought my end was coming. But thanks God, God gave me one more chance. I saw [the freezer] wasn’t sinking. I jumped [inside it]. It fell to one side and kept normal.”

Adrift at sea, Rodrigues had no meals or water. Whereas the floating cooler proved an ample life raft, he was nonetheless weak to predatory threats.

“Sharks were surrounding the freezer, but they went away,” Rodrigues advised File TV. “I thought [I would be attacked]. I stayed on the top [of the freezer], I didn’t sleep, I didn’t sleep. I saw the dawn, the dusk, asking God to send someone to rescue me.”

Rodrigues stated it was the thirst that bothered him most, although he additionally thought he “was going to be attacked by sharks because there are a lot of curious fish on the high seas.” Indeed, northern Brazil has seen greater than 62 shark assaults and 25 associated fatalities since 1992, in accordance with The Independent.

Rodrigues stated he bailed out the cooler together with his palms when water would get into it. He considered his household for “strength and hope.” Lastly, 11 days after the ordeal started, a gaggle of fishermen discovered a dehydrated Rodrigues 280 miles from his sunken boat off the coast of Suriname.

“I heard a noise, and there was a boat on top of the freezer,” Rodrigues advised File TV. “Only they thought there was no one there. Then they slowly pulled over, my vision was already fading, then I said, ‘My God, the boat.’ I raised my arms and asked for help.”

Rodrigues was arrested for missing correct documentation when his rescuers introduced him to the Suriname mainland, in accordance with KOLD 13. After 16 days in custody, nevertheless, he was permitted to fly again dwelling to Belem, Brazil.

“That freezer was God in my life,” he advised File TV. “The only thing I had was the freezer. It was a miracle.”