A man, a plan, a raft trip to Japan? WTF?

The Czeck man, 38, in the news this week for trying to float to Japan from Pintung on a makeshift raft a la LIFE OF PI he told coast guards who picked up at sea 4 hours after he left Taiwan. What was that all about?

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沒錢出境 捷克男仿「少年PI」製木筏漂流 【2013/6/2 22:35】

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捷克男子馬丁(左)模仿少年pi造船,誇張行徑連海巡員都搖頭。(記者蔡宗憲翻攝)
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馬丁撿漂流木和保利龍組成木筏。(記者蔡宗憲翻攝)

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〔本報訊〕一名捷克籍男子馬丁(MARTIN PSOTA)因為旅費花光,沒錢離境,竟異想天開,效仿電影「少年PI的奇幻漂流」自製木筏滑到日本,未料沒多久就體力不支,就在大海上漂流,海巡隊獲報後趕緊將他救起。

木伐墾丁出發赴日捷克漢仿Pi漂流失敗

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【am730訊】捷克39歲男子普索塔(Martin Psota)到台灣旅遊後用盡旅費,竟模仿電影《少年Pi的奇幻漂流》自製木筏,打算划去日本,但出發後即不敵 …

I’m waiting for you Martin…

Funny, but ultimately a time waster. A long time ago, a kid from my school set out from Falmouth, Cornwall with a ‘borrowed’ tender, a World Atlas and some sandwiches with the hope and intention of reaching France. He wanted to go visit the girl he met whilst she was on a cultural exchange. He didn’t take a compass though and ended up heading for Canada. Coastguard saved him. Never met his French Belle, but appear on the BBC news. True story bro.

1993, independent.co.uk/news/uk/lo … 95676.html

You have to love the dreamers, because if we didn’t have any the world would be a duller place.

This is my favourite dreamer, trucker Larry Walters a.k.a. ‘The Lawnchair Pilot’.
markbarry.com/lawnchairman.html

I think modern man is a bit stuck so ends up pulling these goofy stunts, but are ancestors would’ve of done [goofy things] to explore and reach better ground. No matter how idiotic they do make me smile.

[quote=“headhonchoII”]You have to love the dreamers, because if we didn’t have any the world would be a duller place.

This is my favourite dreamer, trucker Larry Walters a.k.a. ‘The Lawnchair Pilot’.
markbarry.com/lawnchairman.html

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Wasn’t there a priest who tried the same stunt last year, only to be taken out to the open sea by wind and to be found dead, still floating, a few days later? I think it was somewhere in South America.

Tom Hanks totally had sex with Wilson.

[quote=“Novaspes”][quote=“headhonchoII”]You have to love the dreamers, because if we didn’t have any the world would be a duller place.

This is my favourite dreamer, trucker Larry Walters a.k.a. ‘The Lawnchair Pilot’.
markbarry.com/lawnchairman.html

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Wasn’t there a priest who tried the same stunt last year, only to be taken out to the open sea by wind and to be found dead, still floating, a few days later? I think it was somewhere in South America.[/quote]

The Mythbusters did it. You can look it up and watch it online.

[quote=“Cola”]The Czeck man, 38, in the news this week for trying to float to Japan from Pintung on a makeshift raft a la LIFE OF PI he told coast guards who picked up at sea 4 hours after he left Taiwan. What was that all about?

iservice.libertytimes.com.tw/liv … E%E6%9C%83

沒錢出境 捷克男仿「少年PI」製木筏漂流 【2013/6/2 22:35】

新聞圖片
捷克男子馬丁(左)模仿少年pi造船,誇張行徑連海巡員都搖頭。(記者蔡宗憲翻攝)
新聞圖片
馬丁撿漂流木和保利龍組成木筏。(記者蔡宗憲翻攝)

影音艷之夜/中文預告旅遊日本鎌倉》青春微感傷好康工作遊牧族端午獻瑞‧開運香包「粽」橫職場Blog我在西斯汀教堂 Sistine Chapel
〔本報訊〕一名捷克籍男子馬丁(MARTIN PSOTA)因為旅費花光,沒錢離境,竟異想天開,效仿電影「少年PI的奇幻漂流」自製木筏滑到日本,未料沒多久就體力不支,就在大海上漂流,海巡隊獲報後趕緊將他救起。

木伐墾丁出發赴日捷克漢仿Pi漂流失敗

AM730-15 hours ago

【am730訊】捷克39歲男子普索塔(Martin Psota)到台灣旅遊後用盡旅費,竟模仿電影《少年Pi的奇幻漂流》自製木筏,打算划去日本,但出發後即不敵 …[/quote]

He apparently spent all his money on Taiwan and couldnt afford a plane ticket. So he thought he could maybe float to Okinawa or something.

Took nerves of molten iron (and below zero I>Q) to take on this task.

How did they let him in/gave him visa free entry/whatever without a return ticket?! Or was it that he lost his reservation because he overstayed? And if he overstayed, why didn’t he just change the reservation?

As we say in Spanish, whatever he’s smoking is of very low quality… :loco:

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The thing is the trip was foolhardy, everyone knows that without Richard Parker, he wasn’t going to make it !

Just wondering who pays for his air ticket (which according to the article, he can’t afford) if he gets deported ? If the authorities do, then his plan has worked ! Although they might just put him on a flight to Hong Kong- an even worse place to live if you are broke !

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Waterworld 8 straight to video…one man and his trash world…

Was just wondering if he might consider grabbing an old post office bag and delivering old mail from Japan. Stating the colonial mail service had been restored.

Oh no Bob, you’ve gone and started it.

The Life of Pi(g)

IIRC, he started from Oulanpi, which is about as far from Japan as you can get and still be on Taiwan.

[quote]Madcap escape attempt fails after hour
SINKING FEELING:A tourist who tried to travel from Taiwan to Japan in a self-built, rickety raft because he was inspired by ‘Life of Pi’ had to be rescued on Sunday
By Jason Pan / Staff writer, with agencies

Inspired by Life of Pi, a Czech visitor who had overstayed his tourist visa and did not have money for an airplane ticket tried to leave Taiwan on a crudely built raft to travel to Japan.

Martin Psota launched his raft on Sunday from Oluanpi (鵝鑾鼻), Pingtung County, but did not travel far. Unfortunately for Psota, it was a much tougher task than he envisioned. He was soon overcome by exhaustion from rowing and the jerry-rigged raft made of logs and Styrofoam began to break apart.

It was his good luck that a Coast Guard Administration patrol boat picked him up off Oluanpi, ending his brief adventure.

The coast guard unit received a telephone call at about 11am on Sunday from a fishing boat, whose captain told them: “We are 5.5km offshore of Oluanpi. There is a foreigner floating at sea in a decrepit-looking raft.”

When the patrol boat headed there to take a closer look, the coast guard personnel were astounded by what they saw.

“How can anyone be so crazy? This man went out to sea in a small raft, consisting only of logs, driftwood and Styrofoam tied together. When we found him, the raft was already falling apart,” a coast guard officer said.

They were even more astonished when Psota told his story — that while traveling in Taiwan, he saw Life of Pi, which gave him the inspiration to build a raft from materials he found on the beach.

Psota was quoted as saying that he came to Taiwan in November, but had overstayed his tourist visa and had spent all his money, so he could not buy a ticket to leave the country. He thought sailing a raft would be a good way to get to Japan, his next destination.

Coast guard reports said that when Psota was found, he only had a few items in his backpack, including NT$3, a passport, some food and water, and a smartphone, with which he wanted to navigate to Japan by GPS.

Psota said he launched the raft near Oluanpi, but “after rowing for about an hour, I was exhausted and had no more strength left. The current got stronger and I could not do anything but drift along with it.”

The coast guard unit, from a base in Hengchun (恆春), Pingtung County, said Psota was transferred to the county’s National Immigration Agency for questioning.

An official there said that according to procedure, Psota is to be deported after undergoing medical check-ups and spending time at the agency’s detention center.[/quote]

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A translated article from the Liberty Times which later appeared in the sister paper Taipei Times: and it got over 11,000 hits online!

Madcap escape attempt fails after hour

SINKING FEELING: A [tourist] who tried to travel from Taiwan to Japan in a self-built, rickety raft because he was inspired by ‘Life of Pi’ had to be rescued on Sunday

By Staff writer, with agencies TRANSLATED FROM THE CHINESE BY JASON PAN, TAIPEI TIMES

Photo 1 - Czech national Martin Psota, right, stands on his makeshift raft off the coast of Pingtung County on Sunday. Psota, who was trying to sail from Taiwan to Japan, was rescued by Taiwanese coast guard personnel.

Photo 2: Tsai Tsung-hsien, courtesy of the Coast Guard AdministrationInspired by Life of Pi, a Czech visitor who had overstayed his tourist visa and did not have money for an airplane ticket tried to leave Taiwan on a crudely built raft to travel to Japan.

Martin Psota launched his raft on Sunday from Oluanpi (鵝鑾鼻), Pingtung County, but did not travel far. Unfortunately for Psota, it was a much tougher task than he envisioned. He was soon overcome by exhaustion from rowing and the jerry-rigged raft made of logs and Styrofoam began to break apart.

It was his good luck that a Coast Guard Administration patrol boat picked him up off Oluanpi, ending his brief adventure.

The coast guard unit received a telephone call at about 11am on Sunday from a fishing boat, whose captain told them: “We are 5.5km offshore of Oluanpi. There is a foreigner floating at sea in a decrepit-looking raft.”

When the patrol boat headed there to take a closer look, the coast guard personnel were astounded by what they saw.

“How can anyone be so crazy? This man went out to sea in a small raft, consisting only of logs, driftwood and Styrofoam tied together. When we found him, the raft was already falling apart,” a coast guard officer said.

They were even more astonished when Psota told his story — that while traveling in Taiwan, he saw Life of Pi, which gave him the inspiration to build a raft from materials he found on the beach.

Psota was quoted as saying that he came to Taiwan in November, but had overstayed his tourist visa and had spent all his money, so he could not buy a ticket to leave the country. He thought sailing a raft would be a good way to get to Japan, his next destination.

Coast guard reports said that when Psota was found, he only had a few items in his backpack, including NT$3, a passport, some food and water, and a smartphone, with which he wanted to navigate to Japan by GPS.

Psota said he launched the raft near Oluanpi, but “after rowing for about an hour, I was exhausted and had no more strength left. The current got stronger and I could not do anything but drift along with it.”

The coast guard unit, from a base in Hengchun (恆春), Pingtung County, said Psota was transferred to the county’s National Immigration Agency for questioning.

An official there said that according to procedure, Psota is to be deported after undergoing medical check-ups and spending time at the agency’s detention center.

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