13 Sep 2010

Tahitian survivor and author Raioaoa dies

3:04 pm on 13 September 2010

A French Polynesian fisherman, who shot to literary fame in France, has died after a long illness.

In 2002, Tavae Raioaoa had survived 118 days at sea drifting washing up in Aitutaki in the Cook Islands.

He gave an account of his journey to a French writer, Lionel Duroy, who put out a book that has also been translated into English, with the title 'So Far the World'.

Last year, work was begun to open a museum in the Cook Islands to commemorate his feat.

Tavae Raioaoa suffered from poor health in recent years and was also forced to seek care in France.

He died at the weekend in his mid-60s.

His body is lying in state in Faa'a.