The rafts are anchored with ropes and Adilang said strong friction caused them to break. "At first, the ship's crew did not see him, so Aldi tuned his radio to a frequency a friend of his had once told him to use in case he is blown away and sees a large ship". Every week, the owner would send someone to collect the fish in the trap and drop off a week's worth of food and fuel.
The teenager flew home to Manado on Sept 8, accompanied by consulate officials, and is reportedly in good health.
The teenager ran through most his supplies within a few days, but he caught fish and cooked them by burning wood from his vessel, and he sucked water off his clothes, which filtered out some of the salt, according to The Guardian.
Finally, after 49 days, Aldi succeeded in sending a radio signal to a passing Panamanian-flagged tanker in the waters off Guam, hundreds of miles from Sulawesi.
His hopes of rescue were dashed repeatedly when 10 passing ships failed to come to his aid, Indonesian diplomats said.
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The consulate posted pictures of Aldi on dry land on its Facebook page, it said: 'The Indonesian Consulate in Osaka would like to thank the parties who have helped the rescue process until Aldi's return safely to the country'.
Stranded in the middle of the ocean without supplies and unsure of his fate, "Aldi was scared and cried often" during the experience, said Firdaus.
"After he ran out of the cooking gas, he burned the rompong's wooden fences to make a fire for cooking", said Mirza Nurhidayat, Indonesia's consul general in Osaka, Japan, who was quoted by The Jakarta Post.
When it did not rain for days "I had to soak my clothes in the sea, then I squeezed and drank the water", he said.
"On Aug. 31, the bulk carrier Arpeggio sailed past Aldi, who waved his cloth again for help", the Jakarta Post reported. "None of them stopped or saw [him]". In desperation, Aldi jumped into the water to reach it and was eventually pulled to safety. With high waves interfering with the rescue, the ship was forced to circle Adilang four times before throwing him a rope. "We coordinated with the shipping authorities in Japan, the ship's captain, the Japanese coast guard and the immigration authorities", he added. The Indonesian government has thanked the sailors on the Arpeggio and the Japanese government for his safe return.