Bogotá. It is said that if a drowning person gets support from a straw, he too reaches the shore and his trademark has been seen in Colombia. A young man who went missing at sea stayed alive for 24 days by eating ketchup and Maggi. The Colombian navy has rescued a man from Dominica who said he spent 24 days adrift in the Caribbean on a sailboat eating ketchup, garlic powder and seasoning cubes. The young man had sunk on an island while writing an aid in English on the rudder kept on the sailboat, seeing that the navy approached the sailboat and searched for it.
Officials said this step by Elvis François saved his life. Elvis, from the Caribbean island of Dominica, said he survived 24 days lost at sea in a sailboat while eating ketchup before being rescued in Colombian waters. This information was given by the naval authority of the country. A video of Elvis has been released by the Colombian Navy, in which he is seen saying, “I had no food.” There was only a bottle of ketchup, garlic powder and Maggi on the boat. That is why for 24 days without interruption, he continued to eat it mixed with little water, so that he could stay alive.
When the marines were patrolling, they saw the rudder on the island, on which Help was written. After that, the marines started searching, and then Elvis was found 120 nautical miles northwest of Puerto Bolivar in the northern department of La Guajira. Francois said he saw other boats passing and tried to point them out, even opening fire, but they did not see them.
In a video released by the Navy, a doctor is seen examining Elvis François, who appears to be in good health. Elvis said: “It was very difficult. I don’t know how I am alive today, but I am alive. And I’m grateful for that. The navy said it was working on the repair of a sailboat in the port of the Caribbean island of Saint Maarten in the Netherlands Antilles in December last year when the weather suddenly deteriorated and it been swept away by the sea.
The statement read: “Without knowledge of navigation, he became lost and wandered into the sea. His efforts to maneuver the vessel and equipment were in vain. François said, ’24 days, no land. Nobody to talk to. I do not know what to do. I don’t know where you are. It was hard. Every time I lost hope, I remembered my family.
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FIRST POST: January 20, 2023, 05:20 IST