I Can’t Believe The Internet Is Still Believing This Story About The Dude Who Was Lost At Sea For 4 Months And Saved By A Shark
(SkyNews) — A lost fisherman who drifted at sea for 15 weeks, sleeping next to his dead brother-in-law, was eventually helped to safety – by a shark. Toakai Teitoi was stuck on a 15ft wooden boat for more than 100 days after he ran out of fuel and the vessel drifted deep into the Pacific. The father-of-six told of sleeping with the body of his brother-in-law who died during the ordeal, suffering severe dehydration. And he said it was only after the intervention of a circling shark that he was eventually rescued. Mr Teitoi’s ordeal began on May 27 after he had flown from his home island of Maiana to the Kiribati capital of Tarawa to be sworn in as a policeman. Instead of flying home he decided to join his brother-in-law Lelu Falaile, 52, on what was supposed to be a two-hour sea journey back to Maiana. But after stopping to fish along the way and sleeping overnight, they woke the following day to find they had drifted out of sight of Maiana and ran out of fuel. “We had food, but the problem was we had nothing to drink,” he said.”I left him there overnight and slept next to him like at a funeral,” Mr Teitoi said. He buried his brother-in-law at sea the next morning. Only a day after Mr Falaile passed away a storm blew into the area and rained for several days allowing Mr Teitoi to fill two five-gallon containers with water. He continued to pray regularly and on the morning of September 11 caught sight of a fishing boat in the distance but the crew were unable to see him. Dejected, he did what he had done most days, curling up under a small covered area in the bow to stay out of the tropical sun. Mr Teitoi said he woke in the afternoon to the sound of scratching and looked overboard to see a six-foot shark circling the boat and bumping the hull. When the shark had his attention it swam off.
As far as unbelievable stories go, this one is probably at the top of history’s list. Not one part of it makes a lick of sense. First of all, on a planned two hour fishing trip they had enough food on a 15 foot boat to last 4 months? On a 2 hour fishing trip you bring a case of beer and maybe a PB&J. Then it rained hard enough to fill two 5 gallon containers of water? It didn’t rain that hard during the monsoon scene in Jumanji. Finally, a shark woke him up to show him a boat? Sharks aren’t puppies. They’re bad fish. Not like going down the pond chasin’ bluegills and tommycods. This shark, swallow you whole. Little shakin’, little tenderizin’, an’ down you go. Just no chance any of it is real. Obviously this guy just went out there and killed his brother in law then made up some ridiculous story about a shark rescuing him like it was Our Lady of Guadalupe. But whatever, believe this tall tale if you want. I’m not gonna waste my time arguing with a man who’s lining up to be a hot lunch.