Weird-News: Shark 'Saves' Man

arniejoltarniejolt Weird-Huey Lewis
edited September 2012 in Less Rokk More Talk
Because there's just too many 'Shark Eats Man' stories out there...

A DAY after watching a film about being lost at sea, Toakai Teitoi was trapped in his own nightmare, drifting in a wooden boat for 15 weeks - before a shark helped to rescue him.

The 41-year-old Kiribati policeman and father-of-six relived his harrowing voyage in the central Pacific when he arrived in Majuro on Saturday on the Marshall Islands fishing boat which picked him up last week.

He told of sleeping with the body of his brother-in-law who died during the ordeal, suffering severe dehydration and praying to be found alive...


...He continued to pray regularly and on the morning of September 11 caught sight of a fishing boat in the distance but the crew were unable to see him.

Dejected, he did what he had done most days, curling up under a small covered area in the bow to stay out of the tropical sun.

Mr Teitoi said he woke in the afternoon to the sound of scratching and looked overboard to see a six-foot shark circling the boat and bumping the hull.

When the shark had his attention it swam off.

"He was guiding me to a fishing boat. I looked up and there was the stern of a ship and I could see crew with binoculars looking at me."


The complete article at The Telegraph Australia:
http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/shark-saves-toakai-teitoi-after-4-months-at-sea/story-e6freuy9-1226475220054

Comments

  • bclewisbclewis Road Warrior
    edited September 2012
    "Following the ceremony, he watched a film about four men from Kiribati who were lost at sea. Only two survived by the time they were washed ashore in American Samoa six weeks later.
    It was THEN that he changed his mind about flying home and joined his brother-in-law Ielu Falaile, 52, on what was supposed to be a two-hour sea journey back to Maiana in a 15-foot wooden boat."
    [ emphasis mine ]
    ...

    "When the vessel Marshalls 203 pulled Mr Teitoi on board the first thing he asked for was a cigarette."

    ... Interesting life choices. :/
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