Must've been a looong 27 hrs.
"he had been stung by jelly fish, picked at by fish and seagulls had tried to pluck his eyes out".
A similar event happened to my dad back in the day, except he was wasted! Most important thing to do in any life threatening situation is to not panic.
newspaper article got the story all wrong though
Absolute miracle finding someone afloat in the ocean like that after all that time drifting around. They have had people fall over and by the time the ship turns around you can't even spot them anymore, much less 27 hours in the Indian Ocean.
Like finding a needle in a haystack...actually much harder