49 Days After An Indonesian Teen Was Cast Adrift, A Boat Saw A Miracle In The Middle Of The Pacific

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An 18-year old Indonesian called Aldi Novel Adilang was working on a floating fishing station off the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. It was a Saturday in July, 2018, and a storm had swept into the area where Adilang was anchored, 78 miles from the coast. The high winds broke the craft’s moorings, leaving a fearful Adilang with no idea what was going to happen next.

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Image: Google Maps

Adilang’s home island of Sulawesi has the distinction of being the 11th-largest island in the world. The center of the island is dominated by mountains, and there are various peninsulas surrounded by sea. Adilang comes from the province of North Sulawesi.

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Image: ROMEO GACAD/AFP/Getty Images
Image: ROMEO GACAD/AFP/Getty Images

That Adilang was employed in Sulawesi’s fishing sector is no surprise given that the city of Bitung on the island’s north coast is a center for fish processing. Many thousands work in Bitung’s tuna canneries and other fish processing plants. The town’s local nickname, “Kota Cakalang,” translates as Skipjack Tuna Town.

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