Australian Man and His Dog Rescued Off the Coast of Mexico After 3 Months at Sea

After three months at sea, Australian sailor Timothy Lyndsay Shaddock and his dog Bella are back on dry land. The 54-year-old was picked up by a Mexican tuna boat about 1,200 miles from land earlier this week. And while the crew described them as being in a precarious state when they were picked up, both are doing well after receiving medical treatment.

It was sheer luck that the Grupomar boat spotted the pair. Shaddock's catamaran Aloha Toa was battered by bad weather just one month into his attempt to sail from La Paz, Mexico, to French Polynesia. The storm knocked out the boat's electronics and from that point on, Shaddock and Bella were on their own.

They survived by eating raw fish and drinking rainwater until luck shined down upon them, and they were rescued. During a press conference in the Mexican port city of Manzanillo, Shaddock reflected upon his ordeal and expressed his gratitude for those who rescued him.

“To the captain and the fishing company that saved my life, what do you say? I'm just so grateful. I'm alive, and I really didn't think I'd make it.” He also added that he was feeling “really good” after being rescued.

Shaddock is on his way back to Australia and, unfortunately, had to part with Bella. His faithful companion, which he found in Mexico, will now be living with a member of the crew who rescued him. Shaddock called her “amazing” and said that he'd tried to find her a home three times previously but that she'd continued to follow him. He's eternally grateful that she survived as well.

The entire experience has given Shaddock a new lease on life. “When things get tough out there, you have to survive. And then when you get saved, you feel like you want to live.”

After three months at sea, Australian sailor Timothy Shaddock and his dog Bella were rescued by a Mexican tuna boat.

Now he's back on land and grateful to be alive.

Watch the heartwarming moment when Shaddock is rescued.

h/t: [Yahoo!]

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Staff Editor and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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