Sailor and dog stranded at sea for 2 months rescued

In a miraculous rescue, Australian Tim Shaddock, 51, and his canine Bella have been rescued after being stranded within the Pacific Ocean for 2 months. The Sydney native had set sail on his catamaran Aloha Toa on a 3,000-mile journey from Le Paz, Mexico to French Polynesia in April.

A month after departing, a storm broken their catamaran and knocked out all of Shaddock’s digital gadgets.

He was thus unable to contact anybody for assist. The sailor and canine have been stranded at sea with nothing to do however look ahead to rescue.

An old photo of the sailor and dog.


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Being out on a small boat in the midst of the Pacific Ocean was actually not a straightforward process, notably because the sailor needed to look after his four-legged pal as properly. Shaddock survived the ordeal through the use of his fishing gear to catch meals, which he needed to eat uncooked.

Water was additionally collected to hydrate the sailor and canine stranded at sea. Assist lastly arrived when a helicopter accompanying a tuna trawler noticed the lacking vessel off the coast of Mexico.  

The incapacitated catamaran was discovered some 1,200 miles from land once they have been rescued.

The sailor and dog stranded at sea survived on raw fish and rainwater.


After the fortunate discovery, Shaddock advised his rescuers, “I’ve been by way of a really troublesome ordeal at sea. And I’m simply needing relaxation and good meals as a result of I’ve been alone at sea a very long time.”

On board the tuna trawler, a specialist doctor who labored with the captain instantly offered the sailor and canine stranded at sea with medical care. The medical skilled utilized bandages round Shaddock’s toes and different areas of his ft and took his blood strain.

The physician reported that the sailor and canine stranded at sea confirmed regular very important indicators, regardless of their ordeal.

The miraculous rescue was likened to finding a needle in a haystack.


Shaddock and Bella didn’t have any critical diseases or accidents, have been in a position to stave off starvation and dehydration, and guarded themselves from the warmth of the solar by hiding beneath a cover on board the catamaran.

The physician added that Shaddock was aware and chatty and consuming small meals. Shaddock himself said that, “I’ve excellent drugs. I’m being taken care of very properly.”

Shaddock poses with the captain of the tuna trawler that rescued him and his dog.


Mike Tipton, a physiology professor on the excessive surroundings laboratory on the College of Portsmouth in England, said that Shaddock’s survival got here right down to a mixture of luck and ability.

He mentioned, “He was in a heat surroundings so didn’t want to fret about hypothermia. He had a provide of contemporary rainwater. He did the proper factor of minimizing exercise within the hottest a part of the day to scale back sweating.”

He shared his story of survival with the men who rescued him.


Shaddock thankfully protected himself from sunburn since that impacts the power to control physique temperature.

Tipton additionally mentioned that Bella could have been essential to the sailor’s survival. He shared, “You’re dwelling very a lot from each day, and you must have a really optimistic psychological angle with the intention to get by way of this sort of ordeal and never quit.

On the boat, a doctor immediately treated Shaddock and his dog.


The companionship was key to the survival of the sailor and canine stranded at sea. Tipton mentioned, “When you’ve bought sufficient meals and water, then I feel the canine has a bonus. Your survival time is so long as you possibly can preserve gathering water, getting occasional meals and doing issues that enable you keep optimistic.”

He added that having a plan and rationing water and meals is de facto the key to lengthy survival voyages.

Bandages were applied to cuts on Shaddock's feet.


Specialists marveled at how this story turned out since Shaddock and Bella have been lucky to be discovered in any respect. Tipton likened the unimaginable discovery to discovering a needle in a haystack. He mentioned, “Folks want to understand how small the boat is and the way huge the Pacific is. The probabilities of somebody being discovered are fairly slim.”

The survivors have been introduced again to Mexico, the place they have been greeted on land by Antonio Suárez, president of Grupomar, the corporate that operates the trawler that discovered the sailor and canine stranded at sea.

Shaddock said he would not have survived without his faithful dog, and vowed to return to the sea in the future.


Shaddock additionally expressed his gratitude to the fishermen who discovered him and his canine. He mentioned, “Look, to the captain and this fishing [crew] — [they] saved my life — what do you say? I’m simply so grateful. I’m alive. I’m feeling all proper. I’m feeling quite a bit higher than I used to be, I can let you know. Thanks a lot.  The message is we’re all right here for one another. All sailors assist one another.”

He added that he wouldn’t have endured being adrift at sea with out the help of his trustworthy canine.

Regardless of the pair’s terrifying journey, Shaddock vowed that that he’ll be again on the water. Although there are not any rapid plans to embark on the excessive seas, the sailor insists that he received’t quit his pastime. He declared, “Look, I’ll at all times be within the water. I simply love nature.”