Shark saves man, guides him to safety after being lost in the Pacific Ocean for 15 weeks

By on Sep 18, 2012 in Animals, Weird Comments

The statement ‘shark saves man‘ is noted to be an impossible claim, but a 41-year-old policeman named Toakai Teitoi said that it happened to him after he and his brother-in-law were lost in the Pacific Ocean for 15 weeks, or around 105 days.

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As noted at News.com.au on Monday, September 17, 2012, Teitoi, from Kiribati, an island nation in the central tropical Pacific Ocean, and his 52-year-old brother-in-law named Falaile, traveled from their home on the island of Maiana to Tarawa, Kiribati‘s capital, to attend a ceremony where he sworn in as a policeman.

According to the report, their ordeal started last May 27 when they were returning home boarding a 15-foot wooden boat, wherein they lost their path somewhere in the sea. Teitoi said they have enough food but lack supply of drinking water, adding that Falaile died on July 4 due to dehydration.

“I left him there overnight and slept next to him like at a funeral.” Teitoi was quoted in the report, adding that rain poured the next day and he was able to collect gallons of water enough for him to survive. Nevertheless, he said he continued on praying that someone would find him.

Apparently, Teitoi noted that days after September 11, he suddenly woke up and saw a six-foot shark swimming around his boat and bumping it. But he said it swam away after calling his attention, just in time for him to see a vessel called Marshalls 203.

“He was guiding me to a fishing boat. I looked up and there was the stern of a ship and I could see crew with binoculars looking at me,” Teitoi reportedly said, who arrived in Majuro last Saturday, September 16, adding that he believes that the shark saved him.



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