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Freak discovery saves missing angler. A man from Rogaland had a lucky escape when he was rescued by chance after almost four days adrift at sea, Sunday. 53-year-old Inge Jansen disappeared on Wednesday afternoon after leaving on a fishing trip from Hommersåk in his Seastar 660 22-foot motor boat. What should have been a regular voyage started to go wrong after one-and-a-half-hours, when Mr Jansen suddenly lost consciousness as he sailed towards land outside Tananger.

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Freak discovery saves missing angler

Published on Monday, 11th July, 2011 at 00:32 under the news category, by John Price and Michael Sandelson      .
Last Updated on 11th July 2011 at 15:04.

A man from Rogaland had a lucky escape when he was rescued by chance after almost four days adrift at sea, Sunday.

The 'Normand Draupne'
The 'Normand Draupne'
Photo: Solstad Offshore


53-year-old Inge Jansen disappeared on Wednesday afternoon after leaving on a fishing trip from Hommersåk in his Seastar 660 22-foot motor boat.

What should have been a regular voyage started to go wrong after one-and-a-half-hours, when Mr Jansen suddenly lost consciousness as he sailed towards land outside Tananger.

Coming to several hours later, with no land in sight, no radio, or emergency flares on board, he discovered his 115 horsepower outboard motor had run out of petrol and the battery in his mobile had gone flat. Nobody had reported him as missing, and his family had travelled away.

Surviving just on rainwater gathered in a bucket, a tired and dehydrated Mr Jansen was only discovered by chance early on Sunday morning, thanks to an observant crewmember on Solstad Shipping’s ‘Normand Draupner’.

At that point, the angler’s boat had drifted 150 nautical miles from Stavanger, and was near the Gjøa oilfield outside Florø Municipality, reports Aftenbladet.

“The First Mate and a sailor spotted an object between 1 and 1:30 a.m. on the sea. Closer inspection revealed it was a plastic-hulled boat. We turned the floodlight on and a man appeared on deck,” said Captain Ingvar Johansen, praising the seamen for their alertness.

Declaring he has never experienced anything like it so far out to sea before, the shocked officer continued, “It was dark outside and the boat was heading for the Atlantic. His guardian angel must have been watching over him.”

Mr Jansen told VG outside hospital in Førde later in the day, where he was recovering from his ordeal, that he had almost given up hope by the time he was found. His attempts to signal a container ship several hundred metres away with a red sweater the day before had failed.

“I thought this was my last voyage. I became more and more depressed as the days passed, and thought about ​​jumping into the sea. I hoped a large wave would get me and put an end to it. I did not have the courage, though. I didn’t want to die,” he said, vowing to be better prepared next time.



Published on Monday, 11th July, 2011 at 00:32 under the news category, by John Price and Michael Sandelson      .
Last updated on 11th July 2011 at 15:04.

This post has the following tags: luckyangleringejansen, solstadshippingnormanddraupnerescue.





  
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