Heinz is searching for a Dominican sailor who survived almost a month at sea with nothing but ketchup and seasonings. Its been nearly a month since the Colombian Navy’s announcement that it had rescued a man who went missing at sea in December 2022 and spent 24 days adrift. The man was later identified as Elvis Francois.
The company said it wants to help him buy a new boat and it’s asking for the public’s help to find him.
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Who is Elvis Francois?
Elvis Francois says he survived 24 days adrift in the Caribbean on a sailboat by eating ketchup, seasoning cubes, and powder. After being rescued by a merchant ship, the man’s sailboat, which he had to constantly drain water from to prevent sinking, was abandoned.
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He was found 120 nautical miles northwest of Colombia’s Puerto Bolivar after a plane spotted the word “help” written on the hull of his sailboat, the Columbian Navy said.
The 47-year-old sailor has scrawled the word “help” in English on the boat’s hull, which officials said was key to his rescue. He was making repairs to his boat in December off the island of St, when bad weather hit, pulling the boat out to sea.
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The navy officers took Francois to the Port of Cartagena to receive medical care and he was found to be in good health. They also started the necessary process to help him return home.
In a video released by the navy, the sailor said he survived on ketchup, garlic powder, and Maggi seasoning cubes.
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Heinz now wants to reach out to Francois and reward him with a new sailboat. In an Instagram post on February 14, Heinz wrote to fans, “Help us #findtheketchupboatguy.” The post features a picture of a message in a ketchup bottle washed onto shore.