Japanese man, 22 hours lost at sea during storm, rescued

Japanese man, 22 hours lost at sea during storm, rescued

The Coast Guard said the man was slightly injured. (representation)


A 69-year-old man survived 22 hours lost at sea off southern Japan, sat on the back of his capsized boat and dressed in a blanket to protect himself from the wind and spraying.

A video of his rescue, filmed by the Japanese Coast Guard, showed one of his rescuers jumping into the hard, leechy water and swimming toward the boat while the man sat bent over, virtually motionless, bumping against the rudder.

The man, of whom the coastguard said it was Japanese, remained almost single-syllabic when his rescuer climbed next to him on the inverted hull.

A rope is attached, and a Coast Guard launch turns the inverted boat close enough for its crew to bring the man and her crew mate on board. The water temperature was almost 23 degrees Celsius (73 Fahrenheit), but there was a blowing wind and the air was full of heavy rain clouds.

The man, whose name has not been released by authorities, was only working on the boat for a port construction project near Yakushima when it capsized Saturday afternoon.

His staff contacted the Coast Guard, and he was found a day later, about 30 km (19 miles) from Onoaida Harbor in Yakushima.

The Coast Guard said he had a slight ankle injury.

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