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Kiribati Fisherman Found After 106 Days Adrift In Pacific Kiribati, September 18, 12

A Kiribati fisherman who drifted in the central Pacific for nearly four months has been found alive and asking for cigarettes.

A Marshall Islands fishing vessel has radioed a message saying it found Toakai Teitoi in waters north-east of Nauru.

The message from the Marshalls 203 boast says a a friend who had sailed with Mr. Teitoi from Maiana Atoll in Kiribati, on May 28, had died.

Fisheries observer Ali Ezekiah say Mr Teitoi was found on his 15-metre boat on September 11.

“When the crew brought him on to the fishing boat and asked him what he wanted, the first thing he said was ‘smoke’,” he said.

Mr. Teitoi told the crew of the Marshalls 203 his boat had suffered engine trouble and he had survived by eating fish and drinking rainwater.

His friend had died on July 4, he said.

The Marshalls 203 is headed back to Majuro in Marshall Islands and is due in port at the weekend.

The record for drifting at sea is believed to be held by two fishermen, also from Kiribati, who were at sea for 177 days before coming ashore in Samoa in 1992.