Australian sailor rescued after months at sea infographic
Graphic shows details of Tim Shaddock’s voyage and rescue.


Australian sailor rescued after months adrift in Pacific

July 19, 2023 - Australian sailor Tim Shaddock and his dog Bella have stepped onto dry land for the first time, after being lost off the coast of Mexico for two months.

Shaddock, 54, smiling and good humoured, was the living image of a castaway, with a long blonde beard and emaciated appearance, as he joked with a group of reporters Tuesday, standing in front of the fishing boat that rescued him at the port of Manzanillo on Mexico’s Pacific coast.

Shaddock and his dog left northwest Mexico in a catamaran in late April, he said, planning to sail to French Polynesia. A few weeks into his voyage, he was struck by a storm, which disabled his catamaran and left him with no electronics and no way to cook.

He and Bella survived by fishing and eating their catch raw. Rain provided their drinking water, according to AP.

PUBLISHED: 19/07/2023; STORY: Graphic News