I wondered about this at the time I first read about Elvis Francois, the Dominican sailor who was lost at sea adrift for weeks who survived on nothing but Heinz ketchup, some seasoning packets and rainwater. Would Heinz take advantage of this remarkable story and get involved? And the answer appears to be yes. Or, at least Heinz is trying to get involved. They want to buy Francois a new boat, the better to not get lost at sea on. But the trouble is, no one can seem to find the elusive sailor to give him the news! He’s so hard to find, that Heinz put a call out on social media on February 14th asking for help.
HEINZ WANTS TO DELIVER NEW BOAT THAT SAILOR COULD NEVER GET LOST ON AGAIN
Heinz had already reached out to government officials in Dominica and the Columbian Navy, who rescued Francois northwest of Columbia’s Puerto Bolivar. But no one seems to know where the sailor is, which would lead some to wonder if the poor man is lost at sea again, already. So Heinz is asking the general public to try and help hunt the man down to give him the good news. Well, and to give him his brand new, state of the art boat which will change his life and livelihood. Most notably, state of the art means full navigational technology that would prevent ever getting lost at sea again. I’m going to guess this also means satellite coms to call for help if needed, too.
ADRIFT SAILOR GOT LOST AT SEA AND SURVIVED FOR 24 LONG DAYS ON HEINZ KETCHUP
Francois, if you didn’t know, had been repairing his boat near the island of Saint Martin last December when his boat was pulled into the sea. He explained to Columbian authorities that he simply didn’t have the navigational knowledge to return to shore. That left him adrift for 24 long days, eating nothing but a bottle of Heinz ketchup, garlic powder and Maggi stock cubes. He was finally rescued when a plane spotted his sign for “Help” which he had engraved into the hull.