Swedish man rescued off Richards Bay

2012-04-25 11:00

Cape Town - A Swedish yachtsman has been rescued off Richards Bay after being lost at sea for 80 days, it was reported on Wednesday.

The Cape Times reported that Stig Lundvall was rescued by a Greek ship last week after his mast snapped in a heavy storm on January 30.

He was forced to ration his supplies and drifted with the currents using a makeshift mast, until he could release a flare as close to shore as possible.

Speaking from his home in Västerås, he said he had been on a solo voyage to Australia and left Falmouth in the United Kingdom at the beginning of January.

A friend alerted authorities after Lundvall's arrival was a week overdue.

The sailor lost 20kg in the ordeal, dropping to a scrawny 65kg.

Asked if he would ever sail again, he said: "Oh yes. But not long distance. Never again across oceans."

  • Annelise - 2012-04-25 11:08

    65km is the longest weight I have ever seen and is not that scrawny! I am glad he is back on dry land and alive.

      andre.rabie3 - 2012-04-25 12:23

      The g and the m are very far apart on the key bord, wonder what news 24 reporter was thinking off????????????????

      Marion - 2012-04-25 12:46

      Wish I could see 65kg on the scale again. Glad you were rescued.

  • Gcwabe.KaMavovo - 2012-04-25 11:12

    Weight of 65km? News24 really going down the toilet.

      James - 2012-04-25 12:07

      You get what you pay for

  • Msika - 2012-04-25 11:17

    Too much TV is dangerous, was probably trying to mimic characters on the 'I Should'nt be Alive' show. This moron is lucky to be alive.

      Had - 2012-04-25 11:48

      @Msika - You are a prize chop - don't you have any dreams ? I'd love to do a trans-ocean trip on a yacht. The fact that he had enough food to stretch over such a long period means he wasn't cutting corners and making like an accident waiting to happen. In fact, you're the moron !

      Rodney - 2012-04-25 12:53

      Curious as to your conclusion here, what has TV got to do with this story and what made you deduce the man is a moron? Do you know for a fact he has never sailed before setting out on this cruise? Because that would probably be a moronic thing to do. or is it the case you had nothing to add to the topic but felt obliged to put something down in case you looked like an idiot?

  • holls.ann - 2012-04-25 11:18

    Proof-read News 24! For the love of...please just proof it before you post it.

  • karabo26 - 2012-04-25 11:20

    He lost 20kilograms and now weighs 65kilometres! Now that's an amazing story;)

      winston.mullany - 2012-04-25 11:38

      Bit of a 'stretch' dont you think:-)

      karabo26 - 2012-04-25 12:16

      LMAO! Good one!

  • Lisa - 2012-04-25 11:45


      karabo26 - 2012-04-25 12:27

      not only do you lose weight, you also get taller!!

  • simonfishley - 2012-04-25 11:57

    With another petrol price looming I am sure he is stoked to only weigh 65Km now.

  • Gordon20 - 2012-04-25 12:17

    Some say he can breath under water and some say he can even speak to whales.........all we know is, HE'S CALLED THE STIG!!!!!

  • bluzulu - 2012-04-25 12:18

    Where do these adrenalin junkies dream up these life changing/reborn events. You want to lead a life of the poor for crying out loud.

      John - 2012-04-25 17:35

      At least he has a life... which is more than I can say for someone who has no dreams, expectations or challenges in life.

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