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Fisherman survives 106 days adrift, asks for cigarettes upon return

Published on Sep 14, 2012 3:55 PM

MAJURO, Marshall Islands (AFP) - A Kiribati fisherman who drifted in the central Pacific for nearly four months has been found alive and asking for cigarettes, a Marshall Islands fishing vessel reported on Friday.

Mr Toakai Teitoi was healthy but a friend who had sailed with him from Maiana Atoll in the island nation of Kiribati on May 28 had died, a fisheries observer said in a radio message from the rescue vessel to an onshore agent.

Mr Teitoi was found on his 15m boat on Sept 11 by the fishing vessel Marshalls 203 in waters northeast of Nauru.

"When the crew brought him on to the fishing boat and asked him what he wanted, the first thing he said was 'smoke'", the observer said as the Marshalls 203 headed back to Majuro. It was due in port over the weekend.

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