Ketchup kept eating for 24 days, kept wandering in the sea for help, the marines saved the life of the young man2 min read
Bogota. It is said that if a drowning person gets the support of a straw, he too reaches the shore and its hallmark was seen in Colombia. A young man missing in the sea kept himself alive for 24 days by eating tomato ketchup and Maggi. The Colombian Navy rescued a man from Dominica who said he spent 24 days adrift in the Caribbean on a sailboat eating ketchup, garlic powder and seasoning cubes. The young man had sunk on an island by writing help in English on the rudder kept on the sailboat, seeing which the navy came near the sailboat and searched for it.
Officials said that this step of Elvis Francois saved his life. Elvis, from the Caribbean island of Dominica, said he survived 24 days lost at sea in a sailboat by eating ketchup before being rescued from the Colombian waters. This information was given by the Naval Authority of the country. A video of Elvis has been released by the Colombian Navy, in which he is seen saying, ‘I had no food. There was only a bottle of ketchup, garlic powder and Maggi on the boat. That’s why for 24 days continuously, he kept eating it mixed with little water, so that he could stay alive.
When the marines were on patrolling, they saw the rudder on the island, on which Help was written. After this the marines started searching, then Elvis was found 120 nautical miles northwest of Puerto Bolivar in the northern department of La Guajira. Francois said he saw other boats passing by and tried to flag them down, even opening fire, but they did not see them.
In a video released by the Navy, a doctor is seen examining Elvis Francois, who appears to be in good health. Elvis said, ‘It was very difficult. I don’t know how I am alive today, but I am alive. And I’m grateful for that. The Navy said it was working to repair a sailboat at the port of the Caribbean island of St. Martin in the Netherlands Antilles in December last year when the weather suddenly turned bad and it was washed out to sea.
The statement said, ‘Without knowledge of navigation, he was lost and strayed into the sea. His efforts to maneuver the vessel and equipment were to no avail. Francois said, ’24 days, no land. No one to talk to. Don’t know what to do. Don’t know where you are. It was tough. Whenever I lost hope, I used to remember my family.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : January 20, 2023, 05:20 IST