An Indonesian teen survived being stranded on the open seas for 49 days with nothing but the clothes on his back, a radio, limited food, and the Bible. Aldi Novel Adilang, 19, was working as a lamp keeper on a floating fish trap on July 14 when heavy winds snapped the moorings that kept him in place. With no motor and no paddle, the teen drifted thousands of miles away from the Indonesian coast towards Guam.
Newsweek reports that Adilang ran out of food after a few days, and was forced to survive by cooking fish on his boat and drinking seawater through his clothes to filter out the salt. Fajar Firdaus, an Indonesian diplomat from the consulate in Osaka, told The Jakarta Post: “Aldi said he had been scared and often cried while adrift. Every time he saw a large ship, he said, he was hopeful, but more than 10 ships had sailed past him. None of them stopped or saw Aldi.” READ MORE