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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Sailor Rescued at Sea

n HALIFAX, Nova Scotia () -- A shipwrecked Ukrainian sailor was rescued after floating for nearly two days in rough, shark-filled waters 1,200 kilometers off Canada's east coast.


Alexander Taranov, 36, was wearing coveralls and a life jacket when a helicopter crew saw him waving amid the 12-meter waves, said New York Air National Guard Sergeant Jim Finkle.


Taranov was only one of three survivors found so far from the Salvador Allende, which was sailing from Texas to Finland when it sank Friday in a storm.


Taranov, who said he was blinded by saltwater, was in fairly good shape after spending 40 hours in the 18-degree Celsius Gulf Stream water, Finkle said. Helicopter crews also saw sharks attacking bodies floating in the 90 kilometers of debris from the Allende, he said.