A man who had been adrift at sea, with his dog, for three months, has been rescued. He was saved by a Mexican tuna boat in international waters, the vessel’s owner confirmed on Monday.
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Open seas journey goes awry
Timothy Lyndsay Shaddock (54) is an Australian sailor who embarked on a open ocean journey with his canine companion, Bella. They set off from the coastal city of La Paz in Mexico, back in April, hoping to reach French Polynesia.
The distance is approximately 6,000 kilometres.
Their plans took a turn for the worse, when their catamaran sustained severe damage in rough seas, rendering its electronics useless.
Fast-forward to this week, the crew of a boat from the Grupomar fleet spotted the pair. The company said in a statement that Shaddok and his dog Bella were in a “precarious” state when rescued. They noted that the duo were lacking provisions and shelter. The Grupomar crew gave them food, hydration and medical attention.
Esta no ha sido la primera vez que alguno de los buques de la flota de Grupomar/Tuny rescata a un náufrago. Don Antonio Suárez Gutierrez y la familia de Grupomar ® queremos felicitar a nuestra tripulación por su valentía y humanismo en el exitoso rescate del Sr. Shaddock. pic.twitter.com/T5feSz5fcK
— Grupomar® (@Grupomar) July 18, 2023
Sailor in ‘very good health’
In video footage, Shaddock can be seen with a long shaggy beard, appearing visibly emaciated. However, he had enough energy to express his gratitude to his rescuers.
“I have been through a very difficult ordeal at sea,” he reportedly said in another video. “I’m just needing rest and good food because I’ve been alone at sea a long time.”
The Australian sailor reportedly said that despite the situation, he was “in very good health”.
The tuna boat, is expected to reach the Manzanillo port on the Pacific coast of Mexico on Tuesday, with Shaddok and Bella aboard.
Soaking up the last time at sea
In images online, provided by Grupomar to the Associated Press news agency, Shaddock can be seen with a blood pressure cuff around his arm. However, he brandished a smile through his beard. He is visibly thin in the images.
In other images, Bella can be seen stretched out on the deck.