Taiwanese man who can’t swim survives 60 hours adrift in sea

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A Taiwanese man has miraculously survived a 60-hour ordeal drifting in rough seas off the island’s east coast even though he cannot swim, local media reported Monday.

Tseng Lien-fa was catching baby eels on a beach in Hualien County early Friday when he was swept away by an unexpectedly large wave.

“I managed to hold on as the first wave hit me on the chest, but I was overwhelmed by the second and bigger wave,” the 42-year-old told the United Daily News.

Media reports said Tseng managed to grab a floating wooden coffin cover to which he clung until early Sunday. There was no explanation of why the cover was present in the sea.

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