Shark Saves Man After 15 Weeks Out At Sea
A 41 year old man is thankful to be high and dry after he claims a shark saved his life by gently bumping into his boat in the Pacific Ocean, according to the Daily Mail.
The shark, by bumping into the boat, woke Toakai Teitoi up which allowed him to flag down a nearby rescue boat that ended his 15 weeks of being stranded at sea.
“Just as I was giving up all hope of being rescued after one boat had passed me by in the distance something very strange happened,” Mr Teitoi said after being rescued.
“I was cowering from the sun under a piece of cloth I had stretched across the front of the boat when I felt a big bump, followed by some scratching.
Teitoi had just been sworn in as a police officer.
He and his brother-in-law, the late Ielu Falaile, were going home via the boat after they had flown from Maiana to the Kiribati capital of Tarawa.
The boat trip was only supposed to take a couple of hours. However, the men fell asleep and the boat steered off course which stranded them. While they had plenty of fish to eat, they had no drinking water. Mr. Falaile passed away about five weeks into the ordeal due to dehydration.
Teitoi was struggling to make it. But he kept praying every day for a rescue. His prayers were answered even before the shark; just after his brother-in-law died, there were tremendous rainstorms for days.
So Teitoi was able to save gallons of drinking water while he ate on raw fish and tried to stay out of the sun. Teitoi says he is never going boating again.
Mr Teitoi said: ‘I’m flying home. I’ll never go by boat again.’