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Shipwrecked Australian Sailor Survives Two Months At Sea With His Dog!

An Australian sailor and his dog survived two months stranded amid the vast Pacific Ocean, Australian outlet 9News reported Sunday.

Tim Shaddock and his dog, Bella, originally departed La Paz in Mexico on their way to French Polynesia three months back, according to 9News.

Weeks into the journey luck seemed to run out as a massive storm damaged their boat, the outlet reported.

Shaddock and his furry companion spent two months adrift on their boat. They survived on raw fish and rainwater, 9News reported.

Their luck improved when a helicopter from a tuna boat spotted them, enabling their rescue, according to 9News.

When Shaddock was found, he appeared to be healthy and in good spirits – all things considered.

Shaddock told 9News he underwent “a very difficult ordeal” and emphasized his need for “rest and good food because [he had] been alone at sea for a long time.”

“Otherwise I’m in very good health,” Shaddock told the outlet

The sailor’s doctor says his vital signs appear to be “normal.” Bella also appeared to be healthy, according to 9News.

Professor Mike Tipton, an ocean survival expert, says luck was only a part of the pair’s incredible story.
“It’s a combination of luck and skill,” he told Weekend Today.
“And also knowing for example, as Tim did, that during the heat of the day you need to protect yourself because the last thing you want when you’re in danger of becoming dehydrated is to be sweating.”

Shaddock’s story has been likened to a real-life ‘Cast Away’, referring to the 2000 movie starring Tom Hanks. 

Tipton said the key element for survival was being able to secure a fresh supply of water – and for Shaddock this came down to climate and location. “These voyages of any great length tend to occur in the Pacific,” he said. “If you look back through history, they tend to occur in warm environments because if it was a cold environment you don’t survive long enough.”

Tim Shaddock and his dog have been rescued in the Pacific Ocean after surviving by drinking rain water and eating raw fish for months. (Nine)

Nonetheless, he described Shaddock’s rescue as a “needle in a haystack” situation.
“People need to appreciate how small the boat is and how vast the Pacific is. The chances of someone being found are pretty slim,” he said. The 51-year-old is still on his way back to dry land, where he will be met with further medical assistance.
His companion Bella is also looking safe and well.
Tipton said it would have been an isolating few months and likened Shaddock’s story to a real-life Cast Away, referring to the 2000 movie starring Tom Hanks. He said having Bella onboard would have helped a “tremendous amount”.
“I think that may have well made the difference,” Tipton said.

Professor Mike Tipton, an ocean survival expert, says luck was only a part of the pair’s incredible story. (Nine)

“You’re living very much from day-to-day and you have to have a very positive mental attitude in order to get through this kind of ordeal and not give up”.
“But also, having a plan, rationing yourself in terms of water and food, is really the secret to long survival voyages.
“Just imagine how dark and lonely it would feel out there at night time.”
Tipton added Shaddock will need to slowly wean himself back onto a normal diet.
“It has to be a slow return to normal and he will probably need to be kept an eye on for several months.”
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Ella Ford is a mother of two, a Christian conservative writer with degrees in American History, Social and Behavioral Science and Liberal Studies, based in the Tulsa, Oklahoma area.


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