“You’ll never fall until you stop trying.” — Albert Einstein.

We are here with an incredible survival story of a brave man. Ivan, a 30-year-old tourist from North Macedonia, was reported lost at sea when his friends alerted the Greek coastguard. Ivan was declared lost at sea by his friends because they were unable to find him.

But all their assumptions turned out to be false. The brave man was still alive and clinging to a ball. 10 days before, a pair of brothers were playing with that ball on Evgatis Beach on the island of Lemnos. After that, the ball had been considered lost.

Now, that ball helped the man survive for 18 hours. The power of causality and effect is mind-blowing. Right?

It’s like a scene from the movie Cast Away.

Though a good swimmer, Ivan was growing tired. The ball floated towards him as if it was ready to help. He clung to the ball to help him float. The ball was running out of air. So Ivan was able to utilize it to breathe and stay afloat while being carried by the strong current. After 18 hours of survival, rescuers spotted him.

Lucky Tourist survives 18 hours at sea by clinging to a football
Photos by Kassandra Mayor Anastasia Chalkia / Facebook

According to Global News, Ivan was spotted by a Greek Air Force helicopter involved in the search team that was also looking for Ivan’s friend, who hasn’t been found.

Ivan, the lucky man, was on vacation at the time of the incident. After the rescue, he was hospitalized and discharged later. According to Fox 5 New York, Martin Jovanovski, his other friend, is still missing.

Anastasia Chalkia, mayor of Kassandra, shared a photo posing with the ball alongside Ivan’s father outside the hospital where Ivan was being treated.

She wrote: “I had constant information on the course of the rescue and am very happy about the smooth ending of the young man’s adventure.”

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