A Romanian man who had been lost at sea, after attempting to swim to shore to get help after his boat had broken down, has been found alive but suffering from exhaustion after being in the water for over 12 hours.
Rescue teams had been searching for a 39-year-old Romanian man in the remote sea area of Akamas on Monday morning after he attempted to swim to shore as his broken down boat began to drift out to sea. The man had rented the boat to go fishing with his wife.
The man was spotted at around 3am just off Peyia on Tuesday morning and was taken to shore. He told rescue workers that he had been trying to swim to shore but was being kept at bay by the current.
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The man had rented the boat from Peyia on Sunday but the vessel ran into engine trouble and began to drift between Peyia and Akamas throughout the night. The man’s wife had told police that her husband – who had been wearing a life-jacket – had decided the following morning to try and swim to shore to get help. His wife had stayed aboard the boat.
The man’s employer later alerted the police after he had failed to turn up for work prompting a search and rescue mission in Akamas.
Police eventually found the Romanian man in the early hours of Tuesday morning. His wife was later found and the boat towed back to shore.