It was a beautiful day to go fishing so Veera decided to do just that. He packed
up a few things, got ready his fishing rod and bait and set off. When he reached
the beach, he hired a sampan from his fisherman friend and rowed out to sea. The
water was clear and calm.
It was his lucky day indeed for he caught a lot of
fish. Veera felt very happy and satisfied. Then he decided to
call it a day. The clouds had begun o turn
dark and there were flashes of lightning in the sky. Veera tried to row back to
shore but the current was very strong. He threw out his catch to lighten his
load but it did not help.
Just then, a big wave overturned his sampan. The next minute, he was in the
sea, gulping in a lot of water. Each time a wave came down hard on him, Veera
feared for his life. He could only pray that help would come soon. Then the sea
became less stormy and Veera fell into a fitful sleep clinging onto the sampan
for dear life.
The next morning, the sea was calm again. Veera was still hanging onto the
sampan. He was feeling very weak and his throat was parched. Suddenly, he saw a
boat coming his way. Veera gathered all his strength to shout and wave to the
crew. At last, he was spotted. They sent down a lifeboat for him.
They wrapped him up in a blanket and gave him a hot drink. The captain told
him that his fisherman friend had alerted them about him after he failed to
return last night. Veera could only thank the captain, his crew and his
fisherman friend for saving his life. When they reached the shore, his wife and
children were there waiting for him. He embraced them emotionally and was
grateful to be alive.