A man and his dog spend two months at sea – level 3

24-07-2023 07:00

51-year-old Australian Tim Shaddock and his dog Bella have been rescued after two months at sea. The pair apparently survived by drinking rainwater and eating raw fish.

The fisherman and his dog set off from La Paz in Mexico in April. He intended to sail his catamaran to French Polynesia; however, storms knocked out his onboard electronics in May. Shaddock was then left stranded in the middle of the Pacific Ocean until a tuna fishing boat’s scout helicopter spotted his stricken vessel.

Despite the ordeal, Shaddock remained in good health. He’d covered himself under a canopy to prevent serious sunburn, and Bella, his canine companion, also fared well during the rescue.

The pair is now being transported back to Mexico, where Shaddock will receive further medical attention.

Difficult words: catamaran (a type of boat with two parallel hulls), ordeal (a very unpleasant and prolonged experience), canopy (a cloth covering).

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