Teenager Manages To Survive 49 Days Alone In the Middle Of The Ocean In A Fishing Hut

Teenager Manages To Survive 49 Days Alone In the Middle Of The Ocean In A Fishing Hut

Teenager Manages To Survive 49 Days Alone In the Middle Of The Ocean In A Fishing Hut

A teenager has miraculously managed to survive a full 49 days adrift at sea in just a wooden fishing hut… at the tender age of 18.

The story of this young man’s will to live is pretty freakin’ amazing! Originally from Indonesia, Aldi Novel Adilang had been carrying out his job as a lamp-keeper on a small wooden raft-like construction called a Rompong (which, if you didn’t know, is used to trap fish) anchored 125km off the North Sulawesi coast.

By the time he was found by a Panamanian ship, he was roughly 125km off the coast of Guam! So, as you can probably imagine, he was in the middle of pretty much nowhere.

Aldi had worked on fishing huts since he was just 16 and had no reason to expect that on July 14th, harsh conditions and strong winds would break off the ropes anchoring him to the seabed and release him to the mercy of the vast ocean. Unfortunately for him, these fishing huts are not designed to do anything but float, therefore they have no engine and nor a rudder to control direction. He was powerless and the sea took ahold of him.

Now at this point most of us would probably panic, perhaps even become so uncontrollably emotional and scared that any kind of calmness and clear-thinking would have gone right out of the window.

But, Aldi did his best not to condemn himself to a watery end. Plus, he did have one thing on his side; he was trapped on a vessel designed to trap fish which meant he could keep himself alive on whatever he caught, as long as the ocean didn’t become too violent and destroy the hut completely… and there were fish to catch in the first place.

(Image Credit: Indonesian Consulate Osaka)

Of course, there has to be an escape plan, some sort of end game. Which in Aldi’s case, was limited to multiple failed attempts to signalling large ships that passed by using a white cloth as a signal.

It’s easy not to notice a tiny little wooden hut floating in the middle of the ocean when you’re not looking for one after all.

Fajar Firdaus, an Indonesian diplomat from the country’s consulate in Osaka, Japan, told The Jakarta Post: “[He] said he had been scared and often cried while adrift”

Every time he saw a large ship, he said, he was hopeful, but more than 10 ships had sailed past him. None of them stopped or saw [him].

As disheartening as that would’ve been, he didn’t give up and eventually, he managed to push through an emergency radio signal to a Panamanian vessel called MV Arpeggio.

(Image Credit: Indonesian Consulate Osaka)

He was picked up in an unsurprisingly weakened condition and taken to Japan on September 6th where they granted him special approval to enter the country ‘due to disaster’.

(Image Credit: Indonesian Consulate Osaka)

A matter of days later, Aldi returned to Indonesia, where he was reunited with his family, rested and relieved.

(Image Credit: Indonesian Consulate Osaka)

His mother, Net Kahiking explained: “His boss told my husband that he went missing“.

So, we just surrendered to God and kept praying hard

He is now back at home and he will be 19 on September 30 – we’re going to celebrate

And what a celebration that will be! What a freakin’ unbelievable effort to just simply stay alive!

What do you make of this tale Acidheads? How do you think you would handle being lost at sea?

Watch the full video of Aldi being rescued here:

(Credit: The Guardian)