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A fisherman saved his life after 24 hours at sea thanks to his watch

By Vaseline May31,2024

After falling into the water on Tuesday, the survivor used his watch to reflect sunlight, attracting the attention of three passing fishermen.

A New Zealand fisherman performed what police called an “absolute miracle” on Thursday, January 4, after spending almost 24 hours in the water, using the sun’s reflection on his watch to attract attention.

The man was fishing alone when he fell into the sea on Tuesday (January 2) after catching a marlin off the Coromandel Peninsula on the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island.

“Sniffed” by a shark

This was reported by a local newspaper. New Zealand Herald The fisherman initially attempted to swim to the Alderman Islands, located southeast of Mercury Bay on the North Island, before being swept away by the current and unable to return to his boat.

Police Sergeant Will Hamilton said: “He had spent a cold night in the ocean and was too exhausted to swim further. While he was in the water, a shark came and sniffed him before leaving.

According to the New Zealand newspaper, the man stayed awake for about two days.

Three fishermen rescued him

On Wednesday afternoon, Mike, Tyler and James, three men who were fishing in the area, noticed an unusual reflection in the water, according to the NZ Herald.

Sergeant Will Hamilton said: “They decided to search and discovered another hunter desperately trying to get their attention using the sun’s reflection on his watch.”

“Good to see you,” were the first words the rescued fisherman uttered when he saw rescuers arriving, the NZ Herald reported. Then the three men quickly got him out of the water and wrapped him in all the warm clothes they found on their boat.

Once he was rescued, rescuers immediately notified police and headed to Whangamata Marina.

“It is a true miracle that the fisherman is alive after this ordeal and without the quick intervention of the three men who saved him, the outcome would certainly have been tragic.”

The fisherman was 55 kilometers off New Zealand’s North Island. Once on the ground, he was treated by St John Ambulance staff and suffered from hypothermia, the NZ Herald reported.

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