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A sailor who was lost at sea for 24 days is speaking out about his ordeal and surviving only on ketchup soup.
As Vibe reports, Elvis Francois, 47, was rescued by Colombia’s navy after a plane spotted the word “help” written on his boat near Colombia’s Puerto Bolivar.
“I had no food,” Francois said in a video the navy shared. “It was just a bottle of ketchup that was on the boat, garlic powder and Maggi (stock cubes) so I mixed it up with some water.”
Francois further explained that he was working on his boat near the Dutch section of Saint Martin in December 2022 when brutal weather pulled the vessel into the sea. He was unable to navigate back to the shore and continued to drift for nearly a month.
“Twenty four days – no land, nobody to talk to. Don’t know what to do, don’t know where you are. It was rough,” Francois said. “At a certain time, I lose hope. I think about my family.”
Francois was ultimately saved and transported to Cartagena where he receive medical care. He was then taken to immigration authorities to be reunited with his family in Dominica, according to Vibe.
Watch the video report below about his rescue.