Man Defies Death with Treacherous Trip from Papua New Guinea to Australia on a Flimsy Raft

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A man has survived an improbable death-defying journey in conditions so rough that commercial aircraft and rescue vessels were called off.

The Polish man in his 20s was known to locals in Sigabadura village as Vazlavand, and it has been speculated that he bragged about his plan before setting out, as it was known to villagers and police.

The journey was impacted by swells from Cyclone Oswald and he was found stranded on Dabai Island in Torres Strait. The man, whose motivations for the stunt are unknown, is being detained by Australian immigration officials.

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