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AmethystOrator OP t1_j512af4 wrote


> The Colombian navy rescued a man from Dominica who says he survived 24 days adrift in the Caribbean on a sailboat by eating ketchup, garlic powder and seasoning cubes.

> Elvis Francois, 47, had scrawled the word “help” in English on the boat’s hull, which officials said was key to his rescue.

> “At some point I lost hope and thought about my family, but I thank the coast guard. If it weren’t for them I wouldn’t be telling the story,” Francois said.


kintleko t1_j527nw9 wrote

Poor guy! Survived on a bottle of ketchup, garlic powder and seasoning cubes, along with rain water he collected. Glad to hear he was rescued!


8976r7 t1_j52cwwv wrote

writing HELP on the hull and signaling a plane with a mirror--this guy was smart! I wonder what he used to write HELP with, since it was big enough to see from the air


Own-Philosophy-5356 t1_j54mtw1 wrote

well they say he had ketchup, garlic seasoning with him. so im betting ketchup>!?


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giskardwasright t1_j536ohh wrote

Sources of sugar in the ketchup and salt in the seasoning cubes are both pretty helpful in survival situations. Certainly better than no food at all.


TrekForce t1_j55j8mq wrote

Why is it we can eat salt and drink fresh water, and that’s good for survival, but drinking water with salt in it is not good for survival?


giskardwasright t1_j591qrq wrote

Because salt water has a LOT of salt, and we need more water than food. Salt water is more concentrated than what our kidneys can produce so if the only liquid we're drinking has more electrolytes than we can clear shit gets out of balance fast.


Douglaston_prop t1_j51xwoa wrote

Life imitates art, reminds me of The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor, by the Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez.


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