Russian man found floating on raft
By Joy Lee, The China Post
June 19, 2014, 12:00 am TWN
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- A 74-year-old man from Russia who left the Philippines on a bamboo raft was rescued by Taiwan's Coast Guard after floating for two days, the Coast Guard Administration (CGA) said yesterday.
According to the CGA, a fishing boat discovered the man floating on a bamboo raft near Eluanbi on Tuesday morning, so the ship radioed the Coast Guard to assist with the situation.
The CGA said that the foreigner was in good health and after checking his identity, the Coast Guard confirmed that the foreigner is a 74-year-old man from Russia.
According to the CGA, the man visited the Philippines on a tourist visa, but he did not have enough money to return to Russia and his passport expired during his stay in the archipelago.
With the help from local fishermen, the Russian man was dressed in a suit and left the country on Monday on the bamboo raft, the CGA said. He carried drinking water and food with him, hoping to find someone to help him while floating out on the water.
The CGA said that due to a typhoon, he was floating on the raft for two days.
The CGA said that the Coast Guard took good care of him and sent him to the Russian representative office in Taiwan so they can help him handle his paperwork.