A Chinese fisherman miraculously survived an 11-day ordeal of being adrift in a dangerous area notoriously known as the “Bermuda Triangle of Asia.”
Nian Xinghua, 52, got lost while fishing alone near Pingtan, a county off China’s southeast coast, on May 10, according to People’s Daily.
Aboard a boat 20 feet (six meters) long, Nian found himself suddenly surrounded by heavy fog, which complicated his navigation.
To make matters worse, his mobile phone ran out of battery, disabling him from making communication.
The boat’s fuel eventually ran out, leaving Nian with no choice but to follow the currents.
The journey into the unknown proved to be more frightening, however, as he realized that he was floating in the “Bermuda Triangle of Asia.”
The area, located in the Taiwan Strait, is known for its high winds and huge waves.
Fears of such new “Bermuda” have persisted for years, with multiple commercial and military aircraft mysteriously crashing in the seas of Penghu Islands, a Taiwanese archipelago near Pingtan.
After consuming all potable water in the first two days, Nian drank his urine and ate the fishing bait he had saved to survive.
The fisherman barely slept in the 11 days of being adrift, hoping to spot ships in the day and trying to prevent crashing at night.
Nian’s living nightmare came to a conclusion on the morning of May 21, when another boat spotted him and sent an SOS to a nearby cargo vessel, the Straits Metropolis Daily reported.
Workers reportedly braved the terrifying waters to bring him to safety.
On May 23, the vessel brought Nian to a port in Qingdao, northeastern China to reunite with his family, who, out of desperation, had reportedly prepared a funeral.
Nian then underwent a medical check-up and fortunately was found to be stable.
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