New Zealand: His watch saved a fisherman after 24 hours at sea among sharks

New Zealand: His watch saved a fisherman after 24 hours at sea among sharks

A dark night, in the middle of the ocean. A New Zealand fisherman was rescued on Wednesday after spending nearly 24 hours in the water, using the glint of the sun on his watch to attract attention.

The man was fishing alone when he fell into the sea on Tuesday after catching a marlin off the Coromandel Peninsula on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island. Police Sergeant Will Hamilton said he was swept away by the currents and was unable to return to his boat.

“Sniffed” by a shark

“He spent a cold night in the ocean and was so exhausted he couldn't continue swimming. “While he was in the water, a shark came and sniffed him before leaving,” he added.

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On Wednesday afternoon, three men fishing in the area noticed an unusual reflection in the water. “They decided to look for him and found him… in a desperate attempt to get their attention by using the sun's reflection on his watch,” Will Hamilton said.

“It is a true miracle that the fisherman is still alive after this ordeal. Had it not been for the quick intervention of the three men who saved him, the outcome would certainly have been tragic.

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