A friend of Stig Lundvall described the rescue Tuesday to the Expressen newspaper, The Local reported. Per-Lennart Berg said Lundvall told him he is "glad to be alive" during a brief exchange.
Lundvall said he had been drifting since the mast snapped in a storm, Danny Jenni of South African Sea Rescue, told Expressen. When he saw the Greed freighter, the Proteus, he set off his last flare when it was about a mile away.
"As luck would have it, it was the perfect time of the day, but it was the very last of the flare's light that they saw on aboard the Proteus, and then it became dark again," Jenni said.
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