Man Who Can't Swim Survives in Sea —for 60 Hours

Tseng Lien-fa was only slightly dehydrated when rescued from beach

By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 7, 2014 8:56 AM CST | Updated Jan 12, 2014 11:11 AM CST

(Newser) – An amazing survival tale out of Taiwan: A man—unable to swim—was able to stay afloat for 60 hours in the sea after a large wave swept him from a beach where he was catching baby eels. "I managed to hold on as the first wave hit me on the chest, but I was overwhelmed by the second and bigger wave," Tseng Lien-fa told local media, per Sky News. Rescuers found him on a beach Sunday, 46 miles from where he was washed away on Friday. He'd grabbed on to a piece of wood—bizarrely, a floating coffin lid, the AFP reports—and hung on for dear life as the sea carried him away.

"When my feet touched sand, I relaxed and was pushed by the waves onto shore," he told Reuters, per the BBC. And despite two days without food or water, Tseng, 42, was just slightly dehydrated, with sores from the saltwater. "Considering the fact that he had not taken in any food or water while drifting at sea for 60 hours and he remained conscious, all I could say about him was that this was a miracle," his doctor said. Tseng has now promised his fiance, who's expecting a baby next month, there will be no more fishing trips in his future. (Click to see video of the amazing rescue of another man trapped 60 hours under the water.)

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