Doctors Call Taiwanese Man a Miracle After Surviving 60 Hours of Drifting at Sea on a Coffin Lid
Tseng Lien-fa, a part-time eel fisherman from Taiwan, miraculously survived 60 hours drifting at sea. Tseng Lien-fa was on a beach in Hualien County on Friday catching baby eels when suddenly he was swept away by a large wave. He stated that that when the first wave hit his chest that he was still standing. However, when the second much larger wave hit him, he was thrown into the water. Lien-fa, who cannot swim, began to search for anything to hold onto. He reached out and grabbed a wooden coffin lid. There is no explanation as to why there was a coffin lid floating in the ocean.
Lien-fa held on to the lid, floating, hoping to be spotted by ships passing by. After 60 hours of drifting, strong waves swept him ashore on a beach about 46 miles from where he was swept into the water. The coastguard had mobilized when Lien-fa failed to return home on Friday. They found him lying on the beach around noon on Sunday.
Considering that he was floating for 60 hours with no food and not water, Lien-fa’s condition was good. Doctors stated that he had suffered from slight dehydration. He also had sores on his arms and legs attributable to being in the seawater for such a long period. Doctors say that it is a miracle that he was doing so well.
After being reunited with his pregnant fiancée, Lien-fa has promised he will no longer be fishing for baby eels.
Tseng Lien-fa Coffin lid saves man adrift at sea