For the first time since their experience began, an Australian seaman and his dog, who were rescued by a Mexican tuna boat after three months at sea, will set foot on dry soil on Tuesday.
The crew of the fishing boat from the Grupomar fleet saw 54-year-old Timothy Lyndsay Shaddock onboard his injured catamaran Aloha Toa in the Pacific Ocean, 1,200 miles (1,930 kilometers) from land, according to a statement from the firm.
The tuna boat’s crew provided Shaddock and his dog, Bella, with food, water, and medical care after discovering them in a “precarious” situation without supplies or shelter, the business claimed.
Shaddock’s rescue date and the date when he set off on his journey were both left out by Grupomar.
The Mexican port of Manzanillo, which is roughly 210 miles (337 kilometers) west of Mexico City, is where the Australian and his dog were anticipated to arrive late Tuesday morning on the Maria Delia Tuna.
Grupomar’s founder and CEO, Antonio Suárez Gutiérrez, expressed his pride in his boat’s captain, Oscar Meza Oregón, and crew, thanking them for their humanity in saving the life of a person in need.
After a storm damaged his boat and destroyed its electronics, Shaddock told Australia’s Nine News television that he and his dog had survived on raw fish and rainwater.
In a video played by Nine on Sunday night Australian time, a gaunt and bearded Shaddock stated, “I’ve been through a very difficult ordeal at sea, and I’m just needing rest and good food because I’ve been alone at sea for a long time.”
Shaddock continued, “Otherwise, I’m in really good health. The Sydney resident and his dog set off for French Polynesia in April from the Mexican city of La Paz, but bad weather soon arrived and left the ship adrift, according to Sydney’s The Daily Telegraph newspaper.
Pictures of the rescue given to The Associated Press by Grupomar show a smiling, bearded, and trim Shaddock carrying a box of painkillers inside the fishing boat’s cabin while wearing a blood pressure cuff around his arm. In some of the photos, Bella is lying on the deck.
The neighboring catamaran floated without a sail that could be seen.