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‘I Lost Hope’: 47-Year-Old Man Survives On Ketchup For 24 Days, Lost At Sea

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47-Year-Old Man

47-Year-Old Man

A 47-year-old man named Elvis Francois, who spent almost 24 days, lost in the Caribbean Sea, said he stayed by eating a little more than ketchup. 

Francois was stained after an aircraft saw the word “help” inscribed on the hull of his sailboat, 120 miles northwest of Colombia’s Puerto Bolivar, the Colombian navy said in a statement released Tuesday.

The Colombian army released a video in which Francois said, “I had no food. It was just a bottle of ketchup that was on the boat, garlic powder and Maggi (stock cubes) so I mixed it up with some water.”

Being rescued, Francois was transferred to Cartagena, where he acquired media care and was later handed over to immigration management for his return home, Colombian officials said. 

He added, “Twenty four days – no land, nobody to talk to. Don’t know what to do, don’t know where you are. It was rough.” “At a certain time, I lose hope. I think about my family.”

He said he lacked navigational knowledge and could not maneuver his boat back to shore, spending weeks lost at sea.

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