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Missing Teenager Found at Sea

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Missing Teenager Found at Sea

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Dominic Herrera, Staff Writer

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  After almost fifty days of being lost at sea, a young, Indonesian boy named Aldi Novel Adilang has finally been found floating near the island of Guam.

  Before the incident, Aldi had been working on a rompong and was trained to handle unusual conditions. He, however, was not prepared for being lost at sea for forty-nine days. He was able to adapt to his environment as the rompong came equipped with a cooking stove and cooking utensils.

  The rompong was tied to the sea floor of an island in North Indonesia. Later, a storm broke the rope from the seafloor and sent the rompong floating into the sea. Aldi tried to signal ships in the area using his lamp and waving his clothes.

  Aldi admitted that he was terrified at some points and feared that he would never see his parents again. As a young man of faith, Aldi read his bible every night before going to sleep. At one point, he used his faith to pray that a shark circling his boat would leave him alone. He said,“I could only pray that the shark went away.”

  As a member of the cross country team and marching band, Cassandra Hernandez (10), is able to relate to Adilang on the physical endurance one must possess. She said that “[Physical endurance] is a lot of work and people should be more motivated to have it, but [it is] really nice that he was able to get back home.”

  The fuel on the stove eventually ran out, but Aldi was able to work around the problem by burning some of the bamboo that made the raft.

  Despite his efforts, Aldi was not able to successfully signal any ships until August 31st, where he was found off the coast of Guam by a ship heading for Japan. In the meantime, Aldi caught fish and cooked them with the stove built into the rompong.

  Aldi has returned to his family and his health is in near perfect condition.

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Dominic Herrera, Staff Writer

Dominic Herrera is a freshman at West High and a Staff Writer for Smoke Signals. He's an active member of the West High Advanced Band. He enjoys reading...

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