Australian Man Drifts for Three Months on Catamaran Rescued in the Pacific Ocean
A 51-year-old Australian, Tim Shaddock, from Sydney, has been rescued in the Pacific Ocean after drifting for three months on his catamaran with his dog. He is now in good health, according to Australian broadcaster 9 News.
Shaddock set sail from the Mexican port of La Paz in April, with the aim of covering 6,000 km to reach the French Polynesian archipelago in the Pacific Ocean. His faithful companion, Bella, was also onboard.
Several weeks into the journey, their vessel encountered a storm that disabled the electronics and communication systems, rendering the boat uncontrollable. Shaddock and his dog drifted in the open ocean for three months until they were spotted by a helicopter from a passing fishing trawler on July 6th.
Throughout this time, the Australian and his dog survived by drinking rainwater and eating raw fish caught from the ocean using Shaddock's fishing net. The rescued individuals are now headed back to Mexico aboard the trawler.
"I went through very tough trials at sea. I just need some rest and good food because I was alone for a long time. Otherwise, my health is fine," shared Tim Shaddock.
Professor Mike Tipton, an ocean survival expert, stated that luck played a part in the incredible story of this duo. "It's a combination of luck and skill. You need to know a lot of things, such as protecting yourself during the daytime heat because the last thing you want when facing dehydration is that," commented Professor Tipton.
The expert also explained that a crucial element for survival is the ability to secure fresh water, and for Shaddock, it came down to climate and the location where the ship drifted. Therefore, if we look at most similar stories with a happy ending, they often occur in favorable climatic conditions.
"In a cold environment, you won't survive long due to a lack of rainfall," clarified Mike Tipton.
Nevertheless, he believes that luck also played a significant role in Shaddock's rescue. "People need to understand how small a boat is and how vast the Pacific Ocean is. The chances of finding someone are quite slim," added the professor.
Tim Shaddock is still en route to land, where he will receive further medical assistance. His companion, Bella, also appears to be in good shape.
For more remarkable stories of survival and rescues, read our article.