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(NEWSER) – When a life jacket isn't within reach, just grab a cooler. Fisherman Solano Salazar is alive courtesy of the foam icebox he grabbed onto as his fishing boat capsized off the coast of Colombia on Sunday, the Guardian reports.

Salazar and a companion had set out from the Guapi area on Friday, but soon hit bad weather. For two days, Salazar floated in the Pacific Ocean with the cooler until the Colombian Navy, which happened to be running drills some 22 nautical miles off the coast, noticed a dark blob, the BBC reports. On closer inspection, rescuers found Salazar, 47, dehydrated, but otherwise in good health.

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