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Swede in Indian Ocean

Lone sailor rescued after drifting for 80 days at sea

Published onsdag 18 april 2012 kl 19.54
Stig Lundvall intended to sail around the world alone. (The boat in the picture is not related to the story). Photo: Johan Nilsson/Scanpix

Lone sailing Stig Lundvall was drifting with a broken mast in the Indian Ocean for 80 days before he was rescued on Tuesday.

"It is with immense joy that we received the news that he was safe and sound and that we could be in touch with him again," one of his relatives, Per Lennart Berg, told Swedish Radio News.

66-year-old Lundvall left England last July for a sailing trip around the world. When he did not come back in February as planned, his family and friends began fearing the worst. It turns out his eight metre long boat entered a storm, which broke its mast, which made it impossible to get anywhere.

The rescue came with a Greek cargo ship, which picked him up 400 kilometres off the coast of South Africa. Lundvall had then used his last emergency flare.

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