(CNN) – After enlisting the general public’s assist in discovering Elvis Francois, a sailor who survived weeks misplaced at sea to ketchup and different condiments, the ketchup large has lastly tracked down Heinz and plans to provide him a brand new ship.
On February 14, the corporate posted a request for assistance on social media, saying it was attempting to achieve out to François.
The Dominican-born sailor made headlines after spending 24 days within the Caribbean Sea in January. After being rescued by the Colombian Navy, François, 47, informed authorities he survived due to a bottle of ketchup, garlic powder and Maggi bouillon cubes that he combined with water.
Haynes informed CNN on Monday that they discovered Francois with the assistance of native reporters in Dominica who labored for EmoNews. The corporate had beforehand mentioned it hoped to provide him a “new, state-of-the-art ship” to rejoice his secure return.
“Now we have been in a position to attain out to him and focus on how greatest to assist him and his household,” a consultant for Heinz informed CNN. “We (Heinz) and Elvis are at the moment understanding the logistical particulars of giving him his new boat.”
The corporate emphasised the central position social media performs in serving to to find seas.
“Anybody who shared, preferred or commented on the model’s submit helped develop attain and performed an necessary position within the seek for Elvis,” mentioned Haynes.
François was repairing his boat off the island of Saint Martin in December when his boat was pulled overboard. He informed the Colombian authorities that he lacked the information of navigation to return to the coast and had spent 24 days misplaced at sea. Colombian authorities mentioned he was rescued after his sailboat was noticed by an plane with the phrase “assist” engraved on the hull.
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