5 Aug 2010

Missing FSM fisherman found after two months at sea

8:47 am on 5 August 2010

A fisherman from the Federated States of Micronesia found alive after missing for two months at sea has survived his ordeal by drinking rain water and eating birds and fish.

Pohnpei's Director of Public Safety Lucas Carlos says Joseph Murphy Simeon was found washed up on a reef near Koror in Palau.

The fisherman was discovered dehydrated, sunburned and extremely emaciated and needing urgent medical care at Belau National Hospital.

He had encountered engine difficulties while out fishing in early May before being declared missing, with search and rescue operations failing to locate him.