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Man Claims Shark Helped Rescue Him

By Jack Phillips
Epoch Times Staff
Created: September 18, 2012 Last Updated: September 20, 2012
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Teitoi only wanted to travel from the Kiribati capital of Tarawa to the island of Maiana, but ended up lost at sea for 15 weeks. (CIA World Factbook)

Teitoi only wanted to travel from the Kiribati capital of Tarawa to the island of Maiana, but ended up lost at sea for 15 weeks. (CIA World Factbook)

A Kiribati policeman who was lost at sea since late May claimed a shark helped rescue him.

Toakai Teitoi of the Pacific island nation of Kiribati was picked up by a fishing boat last week and taken to safety.

Teitoi said that he woke up one afternoon during his ordeal to find a six-foot-long shark rubbing the hull and circling his boat. When the shark caught Teitoi’s attention, it swam off.

“He was guiding me to a fishing boat. I looked up and there was the stern of a ship and I could see crew with binoculars looking at me,” he told AFP.

The fishing vessel pulled Teitoi on board, and gave him some food and juice.

He had been traveling with his brother-in-law, who died in the ordeal. “We had food, but the problem was we had nothing to drink,” he said.

Teitoi and his brother-in-law were initially traveling from the Kiribati capital of Tarawa back to the island of Maiana, which should have taken two hours, Radio New Zealand International reported.

As the brothers struggled with dehydration, Teitoi’s brother could not hold out, and he died July 4. The following day, a storm arrived and it rained for two days. Teitoi was able to fill two five-gallon buckets with fresh water. He also had fishing gear on board to catch fish to eat.

 

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