A man and his dog who were lost at sea for months and survived by drinking rainwater and eating raw fish have been rescued after their arduous ordeal.
Tim Shaddock and dog Bella had set sail from Mexico in early April and intended to travel to French Polynesia before their catamaran was struck by stormy weather just a few weeks into the trip, damaging the electronics.
Mr Shaddock's dog Bella was seen wagging her tail at the camera crew that arrived as part of the rescue mission, as Mr Shaddock can be seen sporting an overgrown grey beard.
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Speaking to Australia's 9News, Mr Shaddock said: "I have been through a very difficult ordeal at sea.
"I'm just needing rest and good food because I have been alone at sea a long time. Otherwise I'm in very good health. I have very good medicine and I'm being looked after very well."
This week, he was miraculously rescued after a helicopter accompanying a tuna trawler spotted the drifting boat off the coast of Mexico and came to his rescue.
Australian media has compared his tale to the hit Hollywood film 'Cast Away' starring Tom Hanks.
One photo after his rescue showed Mr Shaddock grinning widely as his blood pressure is taken.
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Medical officials say the Australian has not suffered any major illnesses or injuries.
The sailor had also managed to avoid sunburn by hiding under a canopy on his vessel.
A specialist doctor on the trawler said Mr Shaddock will start to recover by eating small meals.
Mr Shaddock is on his way back to dry land, as he is expected to receive more treatment in Mexico.
The Daily Telegraph in Australia quoted Tim's mother as saying she “can’t wait” to see her son, and that his first stop will be the barber following his ordeal.
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