Bayawan, Negros Oriental in the Philippines. Photo: Google Maps
Bayawan, Negros Oriental in the Philippines. Photo: Google Maps

A Filipino fisherman was rescued in the Sulu Sea after he was tossed out of his boat and left adrift on wreckage for more than 20 days.

On September 28, Arnel Percho, 32, from Bayawan, Negros Oriental in the Philippines, and other fishermen sailed from Bayawan on pump boats when they encountered rough seas and Percho was tossed from his boat, ABS-CBN News.

When Percho resurfaced, the other fishermen were no longer in sight. He held on to what was left of his boat and floated for days, surviving on seagrass and rainwater.

On Sunday, soldiers out fishing on a boat spotted Percho and rescued him in the Sulu Sea. Percho was then brought to Busbus, a village in Jolo, and was turned over to the Joint Task Force Sulu.

Percho was due to return to Negros Oriental on Tuesday evening.

In September, a 19-year-old Indonesian teenager was rescued near Guam after drifting at sea aboard a floating fish trap for 49 days with minimal supplies. During more than six weeks adrift, more than 10 ships passed without stopping to help him.

The young man was finally rescued by a vessel bearing a Panama flag, the Arpeggio, in waters off Guam.

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