60 hours in water - level 3

60 hours in water - level 3

17-01-2014 06:00

A Taiwanese man has survived after drifting at sea for nearly 60 hours despite not being able to swim.

Tseng Lien-fa was fishing near Hualien County on Friday when he was swept away by a large wave with his wife raising the alarm.

“He usually comes home at around 5 o’clock. When he didn’t come home, that’s when I made the phone call.”

The 42-year-old told reporters that he managed to hang onto a piece of floating wood until reaching the shore in Taitung, 75 kilometres from where he was initially swept away.

“I just happened to see some lights on the shore, so I began to tread water in that direction until I had no strength, but then my feet touched sand and I relaxed and was pushed by the waves onto the shore.”

After being rescued on Sunday, Tseng was taken to a local hospital for treatment, where miraculously, he only had to be treated for dehydration.

Difficult words: drift (move slowly on water), sweep (move with a lot of force), alarm (warning of danger), initially (at first), tread (move the legs).

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