A man from Vietnam is alive and well after having spent more than a day lost at sea -- a fact he credits in part to the comfort he received from a pod of friendly dolphins.
Tran Minh Sang was aboard a fishing vessel in the Palawan Sea last week when he took a misstep and fell overboard. By the time his crew-mates noticed he was missing and backtracked to find him, Sang had already drifted out of sight.
Over the hours that followed, Sang floated on his back in the churning waves, saddened to think about his 15-month-old son growing up without him.
"I thought I had to try to live to return home to him," he tells VietnamNet.
As all hope began to seem lost, Sang prayed for whales to come to help him -- said to be a customary invocation among Vietnamese fishermen during times of distress. And sure enough, in the depths of loneliness and desperation lost out at sea, Sang was soon met with visitors who were instrumental in buoying his spirits.
"After I prayed for the help of whales, a school of dolphins showed up. They surrounded me and somersaulted on the water," says Sang. "At that time, I believed that I would be saved, and so I calmed down again."
With that apparent omen to assure him, the fisherman managed to cling to life through the night despite the direness of the situation.
By the next morning, after 25 long hours adrift, Sang was fortunate enough to be spotted by a passing boat -- a cargo ship called the Lucky Dolphin, no less -- that ended the fisherman's harrowing ordeal.