A piece of sea rubbish helped a sailor to survive 14 hours in the water after he fell off the cargo ship into the Pacific Ocean in the early hours of Thursday.
Vidam Perevertilov, 52, Lithuanian chief engineer of the Silver Supporter, fell off the ship who was not wearing life jacket, reports BBC.
The ship was making a supply run between New Zealand's Tauranga port and the isolated British territory of Pitcairn.
Perevertilov was walking out onto the deck on the following day to get some fresh air after a weary shift. Afterwards he might have fainted as he couldn't remind what had happened. Lementably none was aware of the accident.
After the cargo sailed away, he struggled to keep afloat till the sun-rise. Fortunately his struggle to survive saw the light of hope through a black dot. Soon the dot turned out to be an abandoned fishing buoy which he held onto until his rescue.
About Six hour later the ship first noticed that their engineer was missing. Immediately after a search had begun. Through this, Perevertilov the fortunate sailor got rescued.
Marat, son of the survivor, informed that though his father looked 20 years older and very tired, he was alive. He credited his father's will to keep himself fit and healthy helped him to win over the sea.
Ironically Perevertilov is not alone in the list of sea-survivors.