Who says there is no God? Show me that person and I will simply show him or her this amazing story and rest my rest.
After 18 hours adrift at sea, a tourist named Ivan, 30, miraculously survived by clinging to a small inflatable ball lost ten days earlier by two boys playing on a beach 80 miles away.
It began when on July 9, 2022, holidaymakers Ivan and his friend Martin Jovanovski were swept out to sea by powerful currents off the coast of Kassandra in Greece.
Desperate friends raised an alarm with the Greek coastguards as the pair disappeared in the current. After a frantic search to find them proved abortive, they were declared lost at sea.
All alone at sea and caught up in the powerful currents off the coast of Myti Beach in Kassandra, Greece, Ivan was fast losing hope and feared he might never be rescued.
Against all odds, sea currents brought into his path, the ball that was lost ten days earlier on June 30th, by brothers Tryphon, 11, and six-year-old Thanos.
As Ivan clung to the ball, it helped to keep him afloat until he was finally spotted by rescuers. On July 10, after 18 hours adrift, a Greek Air Force helicopter spotted Ivan and picked him up from the ocean still clutching onto the now half-inflated ball. He attributed his staying alive to the ball.
Coincidentally, after the news of Ivan’s rescue was shown on Greek TV, the mother of the young ball owners spotted their toy on TV and came forward.
In a photo widely circulated by Greek media, Ivan’s father, the Mayor of Kassandra, and Anastasia Chalkia, posed with the ball outside a medical center.
As of July 13th, news reports stated Martin Jovanovski remains missing at sea.
Maureen Scruf reports on global news.