Indonesian man survives two weeks at sea

Jakarta: An Indonesian man survived at sea for about two weeks clinging to a wooden board after his boat was rammed by a large ship, a rescue official said on Friday.

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Muhammad Kartoyo, 18, was sailing with six other fishermen off Bali when their fishing boat was destroyed after being hit by what appeared to be a ferry, dpa news agency quoted Krisna Maharta, a spokesman for the search and rescue agency in Bali, as saying.

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Kartoyo was rescued by fishermen on Tuesday in waters off Sulawesi island while clinging to a wooden board from the boat, Krisna said.

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“They drifted for a week clinging to what was left of the boat but Kartoyo said one by one the other sailors drowned,” he said.

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“Kartoyo did not remember clearly when the accident happened but it was believed to be March 9,” he added.

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One other fisherman was found dead, while five others are still missing, according to the spokesman.

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