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Fisherman Rescued After Being Stranded At Sea For Eight Days

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A Filipino fisherman, Rosalon Frans Cayon, survived eight days stranded at sea by drinking rainwater and eating raw fish after being left behind when his boat sprung a leak.

He was rescued by Chinese fishermen near Rizal Reef in contested waters.

Using his phone, he documented his ordeal and managed to make a raft to reach land. (Trending: Hollywood A-Listers Revealed In Epstein Court Documents)

“When I saw water leaking into the boat, I started to panic. I calmed down after a while and thought maybe I could survive this. That’s when I started taking the videos,” Rosalon said.

“I destroyed the boxes and used the parts to make a raft, which I rowed toward Rizal Reef.”

“I also took the boat’s rudder and used that to steer the raft. For my water, I was lucky there were occasional rains. If there were none, I just had to endure my thirst,” he added.

“I couldn’t even stand up,” Rosalon said of the moment he was rescued.

“I was stumbling from exhaustion, hunger and thirst after days without food and water.”

His sister grew worried when he didn’t return with the other fishermen.

“By Dec. 23, almost all of the fishermen had already come home except my brother. They said they didn’t see him. I also called the Coast Guard every day, but they always told me, he hasn’t been found,” his sister said.

He was eventually rescued by the Philippine Coast Guard and reunited with his family.

The successful rescue was attributed to inter-agency operations and collaborative efforts.

“The safe return of Rosalon Cayon is a testament to the power of inter-agency operations. The leadership of Western Command and the collaborative efforts of Naval Forces West, Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) District – Palawan, and the LGU of Bataraza Palawan played a pivotal role in ensuring the successful rescue and the reunion of Cayon with his employers in Brgy RioTuba and with his family soon in Puerto Princesa City,” the Naval Forces West stated.

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