Romualdo Macedo Rodrigues went last month on a routine fishing trip that has been likely to last three days. However when cracks appeared in his boat also it started to undertake water, the Brazilian fisherman believed he was doomed until quick thinking saved his life.
Rodrigues, 44, initially lay out for the island of Illet la Mere off the coast of French Guiana, in accordance with Yahoo. He noticed widening cracks in his boat, however, which sank in Oiapoque waters off northern Brazil. Struggling to swim, he sprang into action and in to the onboard cooler.
I was desperate, Rodrigues told CNN affiliate Record TV in a tale published Saturday. I thought my end was coming. But thanks God, God gave me yet another chance. I saw [the freezer] wasnt sinking. I jumped [inside it]. It fell to 1 side and kept normal.
Adrift at sea, Rodrigues had no food or water. As the floating cooler proved a satisfactory life raft, he was still susceptible to predatory threats.
Sharks were surrounding the freezer, however they went away, Rodrigues told Record TV. I thought [I will be attacked]. I stayed at the top [of the freezer], I didnt sleep, I didnt sleep. I saw the dawn, the dusk, asking God to send you to definitely rescue me.
Rodrigues said it had been the thirst that bothered him most, though he also thought he would be attacked by sharks because you can find plenty of curious fish on the high seas. Indeed, northern Brazil has seen a lot more than 62 shark attacks and 25 related fatalities since 1992, based on the Independent.
Rodrigues said he bailed out the cooler along with his hands when water would enter it. He considered his family for strength and hope. Finally, 11 days following the ordeal began, several fishermen found a dehydrated Rodrigues 280 miles from his sunken boat off the coast of Suriname.
I heard a noise, and there is a boat along with the freezer, Rodrigues told Record TV. Only they thought there is no-one there. They slowly stopped, my vision had been fading, i quickly said, My God, the boat. I raised my arms and asked for help.
Rodrigues was arrested for lacking proper documentation when his rescuers brought him to the Suriname mainland, in accordance with KOLD 13. After 16 days in custody, however, he was permitted to fly back to Belem, Brazil.
That freezer was God in my own life, he told Record TV. The one thing I had was the freezer. It had been magic.