A fisherman miraculously survived after floating in a freezer in the ocean for 11 days without food or water.
Romualdo Macedo Rodrigues, 44, was traveling in late July in a 23-foot-long wooden boat from Oiapoque, in Amapa state, northern Brazil.
He was aiming to travel to Ilet la Mere, an island off the coast of French Guiana, to spend a few days fishing.
But disaster struck and his boat began to fill with water and sink.
Romualdo can’t swim, so panicked and climbed into a freezer he had on board.
He said he had no food or water and had lost more than 10 pounds during his ordeal.
Romualdo told local media: “What troubled me the most was the thirst.
“I thought I was going to be attacked by sharks because there are a lot of curious fish in the open sea.”
He was finally spotted 11 days later by the crew of another boat, who pulled him from the sea off Suriname, which borders French Guiana.
Romualdo said it was “the most important day” of his life and he was “born again”.
“I heard a noise and there was a boat above the freezer,” he added. Except they thought no one was there.
“Then they slowly got closer, my vision was fading, then I said, ‘My God, the boat. I raised my arms and asked for help.
It is believed he was rescued about 280 miles from where his boat sank.
Video footage recorded on August 11 shows the incredible moment Romualdo was rescued.
He was dehydrated and disoriented, had sunstroke and his clothes were torn.
Romualdo was given water and porridge by his rescuers after he hadn’t eaten for days.
He told local media: ‘That fridge, to me, was God. A miracle.’
Police officer Luis Carlos Porto said: “He was very thin, weak, but in a very good mood.
‘The wounds he had on his body, which were related to the sun, were already much better.
“He says he had vision problems due to the excessive heat, salt and light, but he was very calm and healthy.”
Upon returning to shore, Romualdo received first aid – but was later arrested by Suriname police for not having the correct documents.
He reportedly spent 16 days in police custody before eventually returning home to Belém, Para state, Brazil.
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