A Kiribati fisherman who drifted in the central Pacific for nearly four months has been found alive and asking for cigarettes, a Marshall Islands fishing vessel reported Friday.
Toakai Teitoi was healthy but a friend who had sailed with him from Maiana Atoll in the island nation of Kiribati on May 28 had died, fisheries observer Ali Ezekiah said in a radio message from the rescue vessel to an onshore agent.
Teitoi was found on his 15-metre boat on September 11 by the fishing vessel Marshalls 203 in waters northeast of Nauru.
"When the crew brought him on to the fishing boat and asked him what he wanted, the first thing he said was 'smoke'", Ezekiah said as the Marshalls 203 headed back to Majuro. It was due in port at the weekend.
Teitoi told the Marshalls 203 crew his boat had suffered engine trouble and he had survived by eating fish and drinking rainwater. His friend had died on July 4, he said.
The record for drifting at sea is believed to be held by two fishermen, also from Kiribati, who were at sea for 177 days before coming ashore in Samoa in 1992.
Video: Bystander robs subway fall victim, leaves him on track to be hit by train
A drunk, middle-aged man falls off a subway platform and is knocked unconscious as his head hits the tracks.
A bystander who witnessed the accident jumps down after him — but not for a daring rescue before the train arrives.
Instead, the witness steals the man's valuables, climbs back on the platform and leaves his victim to be hit by a train.
The man — who was on his way home from a party — survived, but was seriously injured and doctors had to amputate half his left foot, Sweden's TV3 channel reported.
Swedish police now hope that surveillance camera footage of the disturbing incident at a Stockholm subway station early Sunday will help them find and arrest the unscrupulous thief.
Police said Thursday they have received several tips after the video was shown on TV3 this week on Sweden's equivalent to "America's Most Wanted."
It was also shown by several other TV stations.
"To me it's incredible that one could steal or rob from somebody who is lying in such a place where you know that, if I don't do something, then this person will, in a worst-case scenario, get killed by the train that is coming. Because the train is going to come," police inspector Dan Ostman told TV4.
The thief had short, dark hair and was wearing a blue jacket and dark pants. He was described as being between 35 and 40 years old and about 5-foot-9 (175 centimeters).
He calmly walked out of the subway station, waving to the ticket vendor, as a train ran over the victim on the tracks below.
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