During a party in Chalkidiki on Saturday, three young men from North Macedonia jumped into the sea, and so far, only two of them have been safely recovered.
The three men, who were partying in the picturesque area of northern Greece, decided to dive into the sea during a party but were unaware that the current that day was dangerously strong.
Ivan, 30, was one of the survivors. The young man from North Macedonia was able to survive in the water by holding onto a ball that he found while swimming for a stunning nineteen hours.
Although the ball was running out of air, Ivan was still able to use it to breathe and stay afloat while being pulled by the rough current.
One of men lost at sea in Chalkidiki survived in water for nineteen hours by holding onto a ball
Ivan jumped into the water after he saw his two friends struggling to keep their heads above the water at a beach near Kassandra in Chalkidiki.
He was found in open water off the coast of the northern Greek city of Katerini on Sunday afternoon by first responders in helicopters.
Despite his harrowing tale of survival, the 30-year-old was in “good physical health,” and authorities believe that he survived due to the fact that he is “a particularly strong swimmer,” Anastasia Halkia, Mayor of Kassandra, reported to GRTimes.
Halkia also uploaded a picture with the survivor’s father as well as the small beach ball he used to stay afloat for nineteen hours on her Facebook page.
Another man has since been found safe by first responders while the search for the third person is ongoing.
According to local authorities, the spot where the men dove into the sea is known for being particularly dangerous. In the past, the local government had even placed signs warning swimmers of the strong current in the area, but they had since removed them.
Tragically, the 28-year-old man who is still missing is not a strong swimmer, and experts believe that he is likely in a difficult situation if he is still alive.
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