Sailor and cat rescued after seven months stranded in Indian Ocean

Sailor and cat rescued after seven months stranded in Indian Ocean”

Zbigniew Reket, 54, was pulled from the waters, along with Samira, by the French coastguard after his lengthy time at sea.

The shipwrecker, called by the media only with the name Zbigniew, survived by eating half a pack of Chinese soup a day and a little fish that he could catch.

He landed on the Comoros Islands, off the east coast of Africa.

His vessel was a former lifeboat which he claims he bought in India in 2014 and modified, kitting it out with a mast, engine and rudder, the Telegraph reports. But he discovered he couldn't return to the United States as his green card visa had expired.

The mast soon broke and the wind carried him west.

He said he spent two years there, during which time he tried to fix his boat and also contacted the Polish embassy in Kenya to ask could they get him home to Poland.

They gave him €150 and sent him on his way, saying they couldn't repatriate him.

He is thin and has suffered from a lack of nutrition, but is otherwise healthy and is being taken care of a sailors charity organization in Reunion.

The journey is more than 2,000 kilometres (1,200 miles) and would have involved him sailing through the Mozambique Channel, a busy shipping route with strong currents.

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However, his instruments were all broken, he claimed, by large waves that smashed them.

"We drifted towards the Somali coast, then towards the Maldives, and then Indonesia again", he told The Local.

"I sighted land several times but I never managed to steer towards it". I spotted several ships but the battery on my radio was dead'.

A handout photo released by the Societe National de Sauvetage en Mer (SNSM) on December 27, 2017 shows Polish sailor Zbigniew Reket (R) on his boat as he was being rescued on December 25 in the Indian Ocean.The French coast guard rescued a Polish sailor in the Indian Ocean who says he spent seven months with only his cat for company in a broken-down boat.

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