Martinique national Ismael Nemorin, who along with St. Lucian Richie James were rescued at sea after being adrift for just over three weeks, told Radio Caraibes International (RCI) about their ordeal of being lost at sea.
“We saw about fifteen boats pass near us without seeing us,” the 26-year-old was quoted as saying by RCI.
He added: “On board we had two boxes of tuna in oil. For the water we had to be satisfied with a plug of rainwater a day.
Christophe Quimper, 43, also of Martinique, did not survive. He reportedly threw himself into the sea in despair, Nemorin told RCI.
“One night he tried to jump, we held him back, he said he saw his mother, and one night we fell asleep, we heard cries and it was too late,” Nemorin said, adding that engine failure led to the three men to drift offshore for about 23 days.
The boat ‘Loyalty, with Nemorin and James, was recovered at sea by a cruise ship, 800 kilometers from the coast of St. Lucia, according to French media reports.
RCI reports that Nemorin is currently in the custody of the French consulate in Curacao.