Close banner

Support Outside Online

Love Outside?

Help fund our award-winning journalism with a contribution today.

Contribute to Outside

Fisherman Survives 15 Weeks at Sea

Claims he was rescued by a lucky shark

A Kiribati policeman claims he was rescued by a shark after spending 15 weeks lost at sea. On May 28, Toakai Teitoi, 41, was traveling home from the capital of Tarawa with his brother-in-law in a 15-foot wooden fishing boat for what should have been a two-hour trip. They stopped to fish along the way and ended up falling asleep. When they awoke, they were unable to identify land and quickly ran out of fuel. Though they erected a sun shelter and were able to catch plenty of fish to eat, they had little water. Teitoi's brother-in-law succumbed to dehydration five weeks later. Although a storm the following day allowed Tetoi to fill two five-gallon containers, he continued to drift for another 10 weeks. He credits the aid of a shark, who nudged the raft while he was sleeping just as a fishing trawler was passing. "I couldn’t believe my eyes. I could just make out the crew who were looking at me through binoculars ... If that shark hadn’t nudged me awake the crew of the boat might have thought I wasn’t in trouble and might have carried on sailing past me." Teitoi has sworn off boats and will travel home by plane from Majuro in the Marshall Islands, where he has been treated for dehydration.

Via Daily Mail

Support Outside Online

Our mission to inspire readers to get outside has never been more critical. In recent years, Outside Online has reported on groundbreaking research linking time in nature to improved mental and physical health, and we’ve kept you informed about the unprecedented threats to America’s public lands. Our rigorous coverage helps spark important debates about wellness and travel and adventure, and it provides readers an accessible gateway to new outdoor passions. Time outside is essential—and we can help you make the most of it. Making a financial contribution to Outside Online only takes a few minutes and will ensure we can continue supplying the trailblazing, informative journalism that readers like you depend on. We hope you’ll support us. Thank you.

Contribute to Outside
Filed To: News