Richard Smithe, a cost accountant from Somerset, who was missing feared drowned, has been found alive on a makeshift raft, almost three years after leaving the house to put his wheelie bin out.
Roger El-Fondre, a UPS delivery driver from Newquay, recalled the moment when the ailing 47 year old, raised an arm to attract his attention, as he made his way along the A326 just outside Bridgwater.
"At first I thought I was seeing things. I'd reduced my speed slightly to play FlappyBird, as I wanted to see if I could get to more than the 100 that my wife had scored, when I saw what I thought was a stick out of the corner of my eye. Suddenly it dawned on me, that what I was actually looking at wasn't a stick, but was an undernourished male, aged approximately 47, floating on a makeshift raft. I finished the game and waded through the ankle-deep flood water to see if he was OK"
Barely audible, Smithe explained how he had survived on a diet of seagulls which he had caught using fish and a case of Monster Munch, retrieved after diving into snacks aisle of the flooded Aldi store in Tiverton.
Hollywood film producers are said to be queueing up to bring his story to the big screen and it is rumoured that Stoke City's Peter Crouch is being considered to play Smithe, providing he can pass 5 years of CIMA exams prior to filming.
Somerset's 'Castaway' found safe and well on raft near Taunton
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