Page Nav

HIDE

Grid

GRID_STYLE

Pages

Classic Header

{fbt_classic_header}

Postingan Populer

'I was lost at sea three times': How one Indonesian teen defied fate

'I was lost at sea three times': How one Indonesian teen defied fate Asia ...

'I was lost at sea three times': How one Indonesian teen defied fate

Asia Asia 'I was lost at sea three times': How one Indonesian teen defied fate
Aldi Novel Adilang shows his passport and papersImage copyright Eva Aruperes
Image caption Mr Adilang was working on a rompong when he was sent adrift into the sea

An Indonesian teen was rec ently rescued after spending 49 days adrift at sea in a fishing hut. But as Aldi Novel Adilang reveals to BBC Indonesian, it's not his first tale of survival.

Aldi Novel Adilang, 18, has survived not once, twice, but an incredible three times at sea.

However his latest ordeal was by far the longest and has captured global attention.

He was working on a floating fishing trap, known locally as a rompong, which is shaped like a hut and floats in the middle of the sea but is anchored to the seabed by ropes.

On 14 July, he was anchored some 125km (77 miles) off Indonesia's Sulawesi island when the rope tethering him to the seabed snapped - sending him adrift.

Image copyright EPA/Indonesian Consulate General Osaka
Image caption A rompong is a floating fishing trap that is shaped like a hut

"My rompong's rope snapped after it rubbed against my friend's rompong," said Mr Adilang, who spoke to BBC Indonesian from his parents' house near the city of Manado in North Sulawesi. "Unfortunately he was asleep so he didn't know I was adrift."

During the first few days, he survived on his limited food supply. But it only lasted for a week.

"Rice, clean water, spices, cooking gas, and other supplies ran out. To survive I caught fish and burned the rompong's wooden fences to make a fire for cooking. I even ate raw fish," he said, smiling.

His other challenge was getting clean water.

His solution? He wet his clothes in the sea and then drank seawater through it, using it as a makeshift filter. He claims that by doing so, the salty taste of seawater would be reduced.

'Help, help'

In the 49 days he was adrift, up to 10 ships passed by. None of their crews noticed him.

  • How do you survive a month adrift at sea?
  • Marooned right in the middle of nowhere

Alone at sea, he sang Christian songs, read the Bible he carried and kept praying hard, wishing to be able to see his parents again.

He admits that at one point he felt depressed and even considered drowning himself. But he kept himself going through prayer.

On 31 August he spotted a ship carrying coal.

"At that time, I cried 'Help, help'. That's the only thing I knew," said Mr Adilang, who was unaware that he had floated all the way from Indonesia to the waters of Guam in the Pacific.

Image caption Mr Adilang was found o ff the waters of Guam

The crew of the Panamanian-flagged vessel rescued him and gave him a change of clothes and water to drink.

Mr Adilang stayed in the vessel for a week until it reached its destination, Japan.

He arrived in Japan on 6 September and flew back to Indonesia two days later, where he was reunited with his family.

Image copyright Eva Aruperes
Image caption Mr Adilang is now back safe in his parent's home

'Never again'

Mr Adilang says his two earlier experiences of being stranded at sea were much shorter.

"The first [time], I was afloat for a week and helped by the owner of the raft. The second time, I was afloat for two days and also received help from the owner of the raft."

There is no safety or navigational equipment on the rompong - he didn't even have a compass.

His job had been to light the rompong's lamps, which are designed to attract fish.

Image copyright Eva Aruperes
Image caption Aldi has no plans to return to sea anytime soon

Every week, the teenager would be brought fresh supplies of food, water and fuel by someone from his company who would come to collect the fish.

He signed a one-year contract and was paid $134 (£101 each month).

After his latest experience, however, Mr Adilang said that this time he has promised himself tha t he will never sail again.

Top Stories

Supreme Court nominee fights new claim

Brett Kavanaugh says a serious allegation of misconduct by a third woman is "from the Twilight Zone".

26 September 2018 Trump accuses China of election 'meddling' 26 September 2018 UK poisoning suspect 'real identity revealed' 26 September 2018

Features

Video

Why 27 hikers helped this woman up a mountain

Viewpoint: Risks remain for biggest ID scheme

Would you rent rather than buy your clothes?

Video

Trump gets unexpected laugh at UN

How businesses reacted to US sanctions on Iran

Has Macron lost his charm?

The school turning boys into feminists

Why Sweden and China have fallen out so badly

BBC Culture: Taiwan's eerie sonic weapon

Elsewhere on the BBC

Football phrases

15 sayings from around the world

Full article Football phrases Why you can trust BBC News

BBC News Services

  • On your mobile
  • On your connec ted tv
  • Get news alerts
  • Contact BBC News
Source: Google News Indonesia | Netizen 24 Indonesia

No comments