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Twenty hours at sea – Ivan’s shocking account of the battle with the waves in Posidi, Halkidiki

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“Just a thank you, a real thank you to everyone who participated in my rescue regardless of their role” declares Ivan, remembering how he felt the second he realized that the helicopter flying above him had spotted him.

The story of Ivan from Skopje who fought the waves for 20 hours and came out alive after being spotted by a helicopter is shocking.

“On the second day when I could see that everyone was searching in the surrounding areas. Then I realized that they probably won’t find me” he says, describing what he went through and what he was thinking during those difficult hours.

“It was disappointing. It was 20 almost 21 hours”

Ivan emerged victorious… After 20 hours at sea alone and helpless, the nightmare was over.

It was the worst birthday present, she describes.

But a birthday present she will never forget. 1 month later, he spoke to Christos Nikolaidis and describes the time of terror, when the currents carried him from Mytis beach to Poseidi in Halkidiki where he was celebrating his birthday… 15 nautical miles south of Kassandra.

His opponent is the cold and the dark. Ivan very characteristically describes the “smell of death” one feels when one is missing during the night with no hope of rescue.

“It’s just like any other feeling, you just accept your fate, do what you can and concentrate on your survival”

All this until a ball changes his fate…

“Yes I found a small ball, a child’s ball on the second day it was only a few hours after sunrise”

The child’s ball, although deflated as he says, was the life preserver that kept him alive

“I found the ball in the sea and swam towards it and held it with my hands. She was a little deflated. It was disappointing”

But he didn’t give up, he continued to fight the waves, holding tightly to the same ball that two brothers had lost in Lemnos 10 days earlier

“Just a thank you, a real thank you to everyone who participated in my rescue regardless of their role” declares Ivan, remembering how he felt the second he realized that the helicopter flying above him had spotted him.

A thank you that he shares with those who gave him life. Now he tries to forget what happened, but he will never stop, as he says, fighting his own battles

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