Indonesian teenager survives 49 days adrift at sea in fishing hut

Aldi Novel Aldilang 19 was rescued by Panama-flagged vessel Arpeggio in Guam waters on Aug 31 2018

Indonesian teenager survives 49 days adrift at sea in fishing hut

We can't imagine how terrifying it is to be stranded out at sea all alone, but this 19-year-old Indonesian actually experienced it and survived!

An Indonesian teenager survived 48 days adrift at sea in a floating fish trap before he was rescued by a cargo vessel and taken to Japan, officials said on Monday.

"Aldi said he had been scared and often cried when adrift", said Fajar Firdaus, a diplomat based in the Japanese city of Osaka.

The crew pulled the teenager close to the vessel and plucked his weak-body from the Guam waters.

Earlier in July 2018, Aldi Novel Adilangi was carrying out his job as a lamp keeper on a floating fish trap (known as a rompong) while 125km at sea off the coast of North Sulawesi, according to The Guardian.

The teenager was employed to light the rompong's lamps, created to attract the fish, and according to his father had done the job since he was sixteen.

Every week, the owner would send someone to harvest the fish in the trap and give Mr Aldi a week's worth of supplies: food, gas for cooking, clean water and fuel for the generator.

"After he ran out of the cooking gas, he burned the rompong's wooden fences to make a fire for cooking", Mirza Nurhidayat, another consular official, told the Jakarta Post.

The Indonesian Consulate in Osaka, Japan, says the 18-year-old was rescued by a Panamanian-flagged vessel off Guam on August 31, about 1,200 miles from his original location, and returned to Indonesia with officials earlier this month. "Every time he saw a large ship, he said he was hopeful, but more than 10 ships had passed him, none of them stopped".

"He drank by sipping water from his clothes that had been wetted by sea water".

Adilang is the youngest of four siblings and arrived back home on September 8, in good health despite his ordeal.

Aldi Novel Aldilang, 19, fourth from right, with his family after he returned to Indonesia.

One day his rompong was circle by a shark. The rope that had kept Mr Aldi's floating hut in place had torn, and the strong wind then blew him and the trap far to the north.

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