Pervertilov’s ordeal began at about four in the morning that day, shortly after his shift as chief engineer aboard the Silver Booster, which was on its usual route to deliver supplies to the Pitcairn Islands, ended.
And he remembered that he felt “hot and dizzy” before going out on deck for some air. Exactly what happened next is blurry, but he may have fainted, and landed him in the dark waters below – without a life jacket to help keep him afloat.
For the crew of the vessel, which left Tauranga Port New Zealand on February 8th, it was at least six hours before they noticed that they were a man below and managed to sound the alarm that the engineer had been lost at sea.
Unbeknownst to them, Pervertilov, struggling to keep his head above water, had summoned the energy to swim several kilometers to a black body he could see in the horizon – and was now clinging tight to it.
“It was not docked on anything or a boat.” Pervertilov’s son said of the floating element that saved his father’s life, “It was just a piece of sea waste.”
Despite his determination to move forward, Pervertilov said that as the hours slowly passed, he began to lose hope in finding him. As he bobbed up and down in both cold and darkness, and later in the scorching morning heat, he found himself using time to meditate on his life.
Returning to the ship he fell from, the crew members studied Pervertilov’s work records in an effort to determine the coordinates of where he obtained his last testimony on board.
Distress calls were made to the surrounding ships, and the French Navy assisted in the chase, along with the French Meteorological Service who worked to determine the path of potential drift. The ship’s captain continued to search for the missing crew member, conducting various search patterns and directing the ship backwards to find him.
When a dehydrated Pervertilov, who felt his skin burned, finally spotted the silver booster from afar, he waved his arm and shouted for help. A passenger on the plane heard his screaming, describing it as a “weak human scream”.
“Someone heard a wonderful sound,” said Marat. He added that the rescue operation is almost “inexplicable.”
According to his son, Pervertilov is recovering well. He said he believed his father survived because he always took care of his health.
“I might have drowned right away,” Marat said, “but he always kept fit and healthy,” adding that “the engineer’s will to stay was strong.”
World leaders have long grappled with the issue of marine litter, which threatens marine life and ecosystems and washing beaches.
In 2019, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the Pacific Ocean was “crying out with despair” amid the plastic pollution crisis that scientists have warned could leave more plastic by weight in the oceans. Of fish By 2050.
When asked about the abandoned item he happily found, Pervertilov said he left the fishing buoy exactly where he found it – just in case it was needed to save “someone else’s life.”