A fisherman saved from drowning at sea, but then slaved by his rescuers, was gone so long that his wife thought he’d died, and held a funeral service for him.
Sun Zhenglong, 38, fell from his own fishing boat off the eastern city of Lianyungang in 2011. His own crew didn’t notice he’d gone, and he was ready to die after being adrift for over 12 hours, eastday.com reported.
But early the next morning he was spotted by the crew of another boat. Unfortunately, the captain demanded money for rescuing him, and made him work for free when he said he had none.
Sun was locked in a cabin, and given food scraps. The men chained him up out of sight whenever the boat docked. He did everything they told him to do, only begging them to tell his family he was still alive.
He was finally able to escape last week when the boat was offshore with its nets cast. Sun dived into the sea, and swam for six hours to reach the coast.
Two hikers saw him collapsed on a breakwater, and he was taken to hospital. He called his wife, who rushed to the hospital with their son.
Police are looking for the captors, but Sun could only say that they had southern Chinese accents.