RESCUED FILIPINO SURVIVED 2 MONTHS ON RAIN, RAW FISH
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.