Bhubaneswar, Oct 26 (LocalWire) In what appears to be a script filled with all the ingredients of a Hollywood thriller, a marine fisherman fought the marauding sea for almost a month and miraculously escaped from the claws of death before being rescued by local people in Puri district.
Amit Khujur, a traditional marine fisherman from Andaman and Nicober Islands, was rescued by local fishermen of Khirisahi village under Krushnaprasad block in distressed condition yesterday.
The harrowing ordeal encountered by the 45-year-old fisherman is replete with all the stuffs of movie script and man’s survival instinct in the worst adversities.
Khujur, who had undertaken the sea voyage on September 28, lost his fellow fishermen and had gone without food for a week during the course of the worst nightmare of his life.
“No sooner did we venture into the sea, our mechanized vessel was caught in severe storm.
We drifted along as mighty waves battered the vessel.
We were dragged to Myanmar coast. where security personnel took pity on us and gave us food and diesel before showing us the direction of Indian coast.
“There was no end to the misery. We thought of providential escape from death.
But, that was not to be. Another mid-sea cyclonic storm shattered all hopes of our life as my companion, Dibyaranjan, died midway.
His corpse had given me company for almost a week.
As the body decomposed and stench emanated, I bad farewell to him and dumped it in the sea”, he said.
“The diesel had exhausted and the boat drifted directionless.
I left everything to the mercy of God”, he said adding the food stock given by Myanmar people had exhausted and he had to fight hunger and survived by drinking sea waters.
“I was rescued by the people of Odisha in a distressed condition yesterday and they took better care of me.
I am alive today. It’s simply a miracle”, he said.