According to officials, a Dominican man who spent 24 days at sea lost survived in part by eating ketchup, garlic powder, and bouillon cubes.
According to information released by the Colombian navy on Thursday, Elvis Francois, 47, was found after being stranded for 24 days on January 15.
From the Caribbean island of St. Maarten, Francois had been swept out to sea while repairing a sailboat in solid weather.
In a videotape released by the Colombian army, a healthy-looking Francois said that he had no food aboard the boat and had instead combined water with ketchup, garlic powder, and bouillon cubes that were on board.
When he utilized a mirror to reflect the light and draw notice of a passing plane, he avoided being killed and consuming more ketchup.
Francois explained to Colombian authorities that he tried phoning friends, and they wanted to call him, but there was no signal. Nothing else could be done but wait, he admitted.
A plane saw him when he signaled with the mirror and wrote “help” on the boat’s hull.
Approximately 120 nautical miles northwest of the Colombian port city of Cartagena, he was picked up by a passing cargo ship.