19 Apr 2006

Abandoned PNG fisherman survives 24 day ordeal at sea

4:19 pm on 19 April 2006

A man from Papua New Guinea adrift for 24 days and surviving on floating coconuts has been rescued by fishermen and reunited with his family.

James Taling drifted almost 300 nautical miles from near Kokopo in East New Britain after his outboard motor broke down before being rescued off the coast of Oro Bay.

The man had left his village in his banana boat on March the 10th with several other villagers to sell their fish catch.

The Post Courier reports the others transferred to another boat promising to come back for him but strong currents took him out to sea.

He says two days before he was rescued he had fallen weak from exposure to the weather as well as the lack of food and fresh water.