A fisherman survives eleven days in a freezer in the middle of the Atlantic

Romualdo Macedo Rodrigues, a 44-year-old Brazilian fisherman, managed to survive eleven days in a freezer in the middle of the ocean when he was lost at sea and his boat took on water, reports the HuffingtonPost.

He was forced to survive without water or food in a freezer mode in Atlantic waters.

Romualdo Macedo Rodrigues left the town of Oiapoque, located along the Oyapock River facing the French town of Saint-Georges-de-l’Oyapock in Guyana, for three days of fishing.

Drift and Freezer

However, he was soon forced to change his plans after spotting cracks in his wooden boat. He sees his boat sinking in the Atlantic and decides to test the buoyancy of the freezer on board. “When I saw that there was no way out, I took the freezer and left,” says the fisherman on the Domingo Espetacular show, reports the Uol site.

According to estimates by the Brazilian press, the man, who cannot swim, drifted for eleven days and traveled about 450 km.


It was finally on August 11, when a group of Surinamese fishermen spotted the makeshift boat in the distance, to find Romualdo Macedo Rodrigues there, undernourished and thirsty. The latter estimates that he lost five kilos during this ordeal.

He was finally able to return home to Brazil.

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