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wicket Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 10:40 AM
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Tsunami Survivor Picked Up After 15 Days
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20050...

A tsunami survivor rescued after 15 days adrift in the Indian Ocean recounted Tuesday how he lived on coconuts that floated by, tearing them open with his teeth. Indonesia, meanwhile, said it hoped to ease the bottleneck of aid flights by opening a second airport north of Sumatra island.

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The 21-year-old survivor, Ari Afrizal, was picked up Sunday by a container ship after being swept out to sea by the tsunami from a beachfront construction site in Aceh. He is the third Indonesian to be rescued and brought to Malaysia.

"The earthquake lasted about 15 minutes," Ari said after the ship docked at Port Klang near the capital of Kuala Lumpur. "Then the waves came, big, big waves that slammed down hard on us."

Ari, who appeared fit despite the ordeal, said he saw four of his friends grab pieces of debris or uprooted trees, "but we drifted away from each other as the waves rolled us out further into the sea."
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tk2kewl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 10:53 AM
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1. Holy CRAP!
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Twillig Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 11:11 AM
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2. His name is Ari.
I wonder if he's a bullshit artist too.

He ended up staying on the listing boat for five days before spotting a large unmanned raft with a hut on it. He swam up to it and found a gallon bottle of water aboard.


Good for him either way.
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Worst Username Ever Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 11:14 AM
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Massachusetts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 11:21 AM
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4. By Jove
I do believe I see Thor Heyerdahl on that craft!
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NJCher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 11:51 AM
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5. What a story!
Despite the horrible thing that happened to him, luck was with him when he found both the hut and the water.

I winced when I read about opening the coconuts with his teeth. I have one in the refrigerator and just moved it while I was switching things around in there. I cannot fathom opening one of those things with my teeth. It's hard enough with a hammer!

Well, one more incredible human story from this disaster. A toast to you, Ari! You're a survivor!


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wicket Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-13-05 09:32 AM
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