RES­CUED FILIPINO SUR­VIVED 2 MONTHS ON RAIN, RAW FISH

National Post (National Edition) - - WORLD -

A young Filipino fish­er­man re­turned home Thurs­day af­ter get­ting lost at sea in a storm and drift­ing for nearly two months, dur­ing which he said his un­cle starved to death, be­fore he was res­cued by a pass­ing ship near Pa­pua New Guinea. A smil­ing Rolando Omon­gos, 21, told re­porters at Manila’s air­port that he sur­vived on rain­wa­ter, raw fish and prayers dur­ing his or­deal, which started af­ter he and his un­cle set off from Gen­eral San­tos city to fish and be­came sep­a­rated from fel­low fish­er­men in a storm. “I did not lose hope,” Omon­gos told re­porters. “I was al­ways pray­ing that I will be res­cued.” Omon­gos said he waved at pass­ing ships un­til a Ja­panese fish­ing ves­sel fi­nally stopped and res­cued him off Pa­pua New Guinea, more than 3,000 kilo­me­tres away from home.

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