Teen Stranded at Sea for 7 Weeks Survived Suicidal Thoughts With Bible Reading, Prayer

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(Photo: Facebook/Indonesian Consulate General Osaka)Aldi Novel Adilang is cast away on a rompong (floating fish trap) in the middle of the Pacific Ocean before being rescued by the crew of a Panama-flagged vessel called “Arpeggio” on Aug. 31, 2018, in the waters near Guam.

Surviving 49 days adrift on the open sea without a motor or a paddle is a tall task for anyone. Thankfully for one teen who was recently cast over 1,500 miles from home, he had a Bible, which he credits for stopping him from killing himself. 

The Jakarta Post reported on the story of 18-year-old Aldi Novel Adilang.

Adilang worked as a lamp keeper on a floating fish trap (known in the region as a rompong) out in the middle of the Pacific Ocean about 80 miles from his homeland of Manado, Indonesia.

The job is a lonely one. His responsibility was to keep the lamps on the rompong lit at night so fish would be drawn to the trap. The fish would be collected by boat once per week and during this time, Adilang would be given a refill of supplies, food and drinking water.

But on July 14, Adilang’s rompong broke loose from its moorings due to heavy winds and Adilang and his floating wooden hut were cast hundreds of miles north toward the U.S. island territory of Guam over the next seven weeks.

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