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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.


Douglaston_prop t1_j51xwoa wrote

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


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


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.