Man Survives at Sea in Cooler Box

11 Feb 2022
Marlow Navigation

Marlow Crew retrieved a man who miraculously managed to survive at sea for 3 days in a floating cooler box.

Crew locate and rescue man who survived at sea for days in a floating cooler box


Earlier this month, Marlow crew on board m/v Queen B retrieved a man who miraculously managed to survive at sea for 3 days in a floating cooler box after his boat sunk in a storm during the night.

Whilst sailing from the port of Coatzacoalcos in Mexico, enroute to Manatee in the US, Queen B crew spotted a person in the water, waving his arms for help. Immediate action was taken, with the general alarm activated, watchmen posted on the vessel’s wings and the main engine prepared for manoeuvres. The ship reduced speed and commenced turning, approaching the man at a safe speed. Once closer, the rescue boat was launched into the water to recover the man in the box.

The man was brought on board, given a medical examination, including Covid test, and provided with water, food, dry clothing and a separate cabin. The rescued man hardly spoke any English, but his name and basic details were ascertained. As it turns out, Erik of Mexican nationality spent some days drifting at sea in this box after his fishing boat GILBERT sunk in a storm.

Erik was later returned home via the Mexican Maritime Search and Rescue authorities and to reunited with his wife Joana and family.

“On behalf of Marlow and all the staff of Marlow Germany, well done and big thank you to Captain Lytvynenko and his crew on board Queen B for performing their duty and rescuing a life in danger at sea. It is truly amazing, if not a miracle that Erik managed to survive in a cooler box for so many days at sea; that’s determination and courage. We wish him well and all the best.”



Since the company’s beginnings in 1982 from the maritime hub of Limassol, Marlow Navigation has grown to become a globally renowned and trusted name in the ship management industry. Today, a network spanning 12 countries, with over 1,000 shore-based staff, 14,000 crew on board managed vessels and 24,000 active seafarers in the employment pool, underpins the company’s progress, business sustainability and client-focussed ethos.

Scope of services have over the past four decades broadened to fully-fledged maritime activities, including crew management, full technical ship management, new ship building supervision, finance and administration, crew recruitment, training and safety, and offshore services.

These are provided out of management offices in Limassol, Hamburg, Rotterdam, Mumbai and Hong Kong, together a global network of seafarer recruiting agencies, state-of-the-art maritime academies and international naval training centres.

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