A person who spent 24 days misplaced at sea and survived by eating ketchup has been discovered after Heinz launched a social media marketing campaign to trace him down. The ketchup producer is now planning to present him a brand new boat, mentioned a report by the Guardian.
As per the report, the Pittsburgh-based Heinz meals firm has made contact with the saved sailor, Elvis Francois, about shopping for him a brand new crusing vessel. When he was in the end saved, Mr. Francois left his previous boat behind.
Heinz issued a separate assertion to the Guardian on Tuesday that mentioned the corporate and Mr Francois ”are figuring out the logistical particulars of [getting] him his new boat”. No different particulars have been offered.
”We acquired 1000’s of likes, shares, and messages of kindness in our search to search out Elvis Francois. It was an unbelievable group effort throughout six continents that led to the lots of of articles and leads and our eventual contact with Elvis,” a press release on Heinz’s Instagram web page mentioned on Monday.
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Notably, Heinz launched a marketing campaign named #FindTheKetchupBoatGuy final month which went viral.
”You could keep in mind Elvis Francois because the courageous sailor who survived on nothing however ketchup and spices whereas adrift at sea for twenty-four days. Nicely, Heinz needs to have a good time his protected return dwelling and assist him purchase a brand new boat… however we can not seem to discover him,” the ketchup producer mentioned in an Instagram publish, requesting the general public’s assist in monitoring down the courageous sailor.
A media outlet in Dominica referred to as Emo Information tracked him down on the Caribbean island after it noticed Heinz’s attraction to search out him.
The 47-year-old man was swept out to sea by highly effective currents in December whereas making repairs to his boat. He lived off a bottle of Heinz ketchup, garlic salt, Maggi soup cubes, and rainwater that he gathered with a fabric.
“I had no meals. There was solely a bottle of ketchup that was on the boat, garlic powder and (bouillon cubes) Maggi. So I combined it up with some water for me to outlive 24 days within the sea,” Mr Francois, mentioned in English in a video launched by the Colombian Navy.
Mr Francois added: “24 days, no land. No one to speak to. Do not know what to do. Do not know the place you’re. It was tough. A sure time I lose hope. I take into consideration my household.”
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