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Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Faith, or how del.icio.us spreads a story 

One of my co-workers is on MySpace, and while checking out the pages of my co-worker's friends, I ran across this post and tagged it.

Then, someone in my del.icio.us network tagged it also.

Both Ragnell and I quoted from Alicat's quote on this article:

This article helps me be thankful for what I have and reminds me to have faith :)

Faith enough to survive in the ocean for nine months and nine days? Increase my faith! (Luke 17:5)

Here are excerpts from Alicat's post, which she quoted from an article in Variety:

Three Mexican fishermen saw their first land in nearly 10 months today (Tuesday) after drifting across the Pacific Ocean since last October 28. After 13 days aboard a Marshall Islands fishing vessel since their rescue, the Mexican fishermen looked healthy, smiled often and talked about their ordeal in an on-board interview with AFP shortly before they arrived in Majuro, the capital of the Marshall Islands....

Salvador Ordonez, 37, the oldest of the three Mexicans, said they were sleeping on the floor of their boat the afternoon of their rescue. Ordonez said he woke to the sound of a boat engine nearby and tried to wake the others. But after so many days drifting at sea, Lucio Rendon, 27, and Jesus Vidana Lopez, 27, weren't impressed.

"It's just the noise of the wind," they told Ordonez. But a few seconds later they sat up to find Koo's 102, a 72 meter, 1,100 gross ton purse seiner sitting just a few hundred meters away.

The Mexican trio said through an interpreter that they divided their time between reading the Bible and fishing on their epic trip across the Pacific in which two others died earlier this year.

"Two months after we started drifting, the two died," said Ordonez....

"We were lost for nine months and nine days," said Lucio Rendon, 27. Pointing to his Casio wristwatch, Rendon said: "This watch was an incredible thing to have."

At first they thought they would be rescued when they were still only days away from the west coast of Mexico. But they ran out of gas and none of the vessels that they saw in the distance saw them....

The only equipment on board was shark fishing gear, according to Orodonez. But the hooks were too big to catch little fish, so they used wire on the boat to construct smaller hooks to catch fish during the voyage, he said. But it was hardly gourmet eating on the nine month drift.

"We spent most of the time reading the Bible," said Lopez.

"Fishing and praying mostly. God really helped us because we were at sea for so long."

But what really kept them eating was Ordonez, whom the others referred to as "El Gato" (the cat). He would creep along the bottom of the boat and catch birds that landed on the small boat. They would then eat the raw meat.

Also see pictopia.

And, just when you're feeling good about yourself, the world brings you down:

The trio have become instant folk heroes back home but in television and press interviews to mark their arrival in the Marshalls they had to deny that they had in fact been engaged in cocaine trafficking — a common activity along the Mexican coast — and had eaten their two dead colleagues.

As far as I can tell, the allegations were unfounded.

From the Ontario Empoblog (Information on the greatest 20th century U.S. president here)

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