Japanese coastguard rescue man stranded for 22 hours on overturned boat


Construction worker hanging from the propeller shaft on his overturned boat (Japan Coastguard)

Posted on Dec 1, 2019 2021 17:27 by

The maritime executive

The Japanese Coast Guard rescued a construction worker who ran aground at sea on his overturned boat for 22 hours. They released video of the rescue operation with swimmers reaching the boat and bringing the man to safety.

The 69-year-old construction worker said he was working alone on a port construction project near Yakushima in southern Japan when his boat overturned. The man was able to board the overturned boat and warn his colleagues who alerted the coast guard.

When they located the boat, it was about 19 miles offshore, near the port of Onoaida. The man can be seen on top of the overturned boat seated near the stern. The Coast Guard reported that he had wrapped himself in a tarp and was hanging onto the propeller shaft.

It was a cold and windy day with gusts of rain, but the water temperature remained warm. Lifeguard swimmers entered the water while Coast Guardsmen can be heard calling for the man as help was on the way and to hold out a little longer.

“It is a miracle that he survived,” a coast guard official told the daily Asahi Shimbun. “He was alone at sea for 22 hours. I am amazed at his survival skills.

The lifeguard was able to secure the overturned boat with a rope and the coastguard was able to recover the small boat and put the man to safety. In addition to being cold and dehydrated, they reported that the man only suffered a minor ankle injury.