Pacific

Rescued Filipino says he survived on rain, fish for 2 months

A young Filipino fisherman has returned home after getting lost at sea in a storm and drifting for nearly two months, during which he says his uncle starved to death, before being rescued thousands of kilometers (miles) away.

A smiling Rolando Omongos told reporters at Manila's airport Thursday that he survived on rainwater, raw fish and prayers during the ordeal that started after he and his uncle set off from southern General Santos city to fish and became separated from fellow fishermen in a storm.

Omongos said he and his uncle struggled to catch fish and waited for rain. He said he waved repeatedly at passing ships until one stopped near Papua New Guinea.