A Chinese sailor was rescued on Monday after he fell from a cargo ship off the west coast of Australia and was swept away in strong waters after a long night.
The man, in his 30s, was left in the inked Indian Ocean for more than 12 hours after he fell into the waters off a Chinese-flagged bulk carrier Guang Mao on Sunday evening, according to police and maritime officials.
Air and Marine crews struggled to locate him during initial efforts before suspending searches overnight.
On Monday morning, rescuers pulled the stranded sailor out of the water about 10 kilometers (six miles) from shore.
“The man is being driven to shore and will be taken to a hospital for a medical examination,” West Australian Police said in a statement.
The west coast of Australia is known for its large shark population, and although rare, numerous attacks on swimmers and surfers have been recorded in the region.
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