"Courage is not freedom for fear; it is being afraid and going on. Once you have looked fear in the face and have overcome it, you can do it again and again and again." - Unknown
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After spending 49 days in the middle of the sea, 19-year old #AldiNovelAdilang was rescued by a Panama-flagged vessel Arpeggio on August 31st.
According to #TheJakarta Post, problem started for Adilang after the floating hut (called a rompong) lost its mooring due to strong winds on July 14th, making him drift across the #Pacificocean for nearly two months.
Because the rompong is technically not a boat, it had no engine or any equipment to paddle it to shore. A romping is a fish aggregator device shaped like a modest hut used to attract fish.
Adilang had only about a week supply of food and other necessary things. He had been contracted by a businessman to work at the rompong for 6 months. The business owner would send someone to deliver his supplies every week and also retrieve the captured fish – the only time he has any human contact.
Adilang was hired to light lamps around the rompong at night.
Adilang stretched his one-week supplies for 49 days. “After he ran out of the cooking gas, he burned the rompong’s wooden fences to make a fire for cooking. He drank by sipping water from his clothes that had been wetted by sea water,” The Indonesian consul general in Osaka, Mirza Nurhidayat, who oversaw the return of Aldi after his rescue.
Another diplomat Fajar Firdaus added: “Aldi said he had been scared and often cried while adrift. Every time he saw a large ship, he said, he was hopeful, but more than 10 ships had sailed past him, none of them stopped or saw Aldi.” Adilang saw the Arppegio vessel, he tuned his radio to a frequency a friend of his had once told him to use in case he is blown away and sees a large ship. “Fortunately, the ship’s captain caught the signal. Realising [there was someone pleading for help], he turned around,” Mirza said.
Because the waves were really high, the vessel could not come close Adilang. The crew eventually threw a rope to him after going round the rompong four times. “Aldi then decided to jump into the sea to grab the rope, while the waves and wind rocked him,” Fajar said.
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Когда в первый раз смотришь на Тихий океан, самый большой и глубокий из всех, ты понимаешь, что он еще более великий, чем ты представлял себе. Хотя и живу всю жизнь у Японского моря, впервые увидел его восточную часть со стороны Калифорнийского залива, а этим летом посчастливилось побывать на Халактырском пляже, Камчатке, омываемого его западной стороной. Пляж – отличное место для серфинга (), кстати, а его отличительная черта (помимо заснеженных вулканов на фоне) – черный песок, богатый минералами. Такой же тип песка встречается на пляже Waikiki на Гавайях. В лист ожидания – взглянуть на Океан со стороны Австралии и Северной Америки.
When you see the Pacific Ocean at the first time ever – you understand that it is much greater than you have imagined. First time i saw its Eastern part at Santa Monica beach, Los Angeles but this year I was lucky to visit the Halaktyrsky beach Kamchatka, washed by its western part. The sand of the beach (which is a good place for surfing - ) is reach in magnetite, in titanomagnetite and in dark-colored minerals: that is why the sand is black. Famous black sands of Waikiki beach in Hawaii are of the same type as Kamchatka sands. My wish is to take a look at the Pacific Ocean from Australia and North America.