Philippine fishermen climb into the fridge to save their livelihoods

Post by Kevin Jackson on 20th November 2013 in Refrigeration

Philippine fishermen climb into the fridge to save their livelihoods

When Typhoon Haiyan swept in and took with it the boats which had been their means of earning a living, a group of Filipino fishermen came up with a novel way to help them – literally – stay afloat.

The men, from the village of Tanauan, 12 miles south of the devastated city of Tacloban, decided to try using refrigerators salvaged from abandoned homes in the area.

The fridges are mounted onto bamboo floats, and although they make a heavier craft than those the men owned for years, they are compensating by using smaller, lighter fishing nets – and paddling faster than they are used to.

Fifty-two year-old Jimmy Obaldo was the first to take to sea in one of the makeshift craft, and he told the Reuters news agency: "We got the idea from my children.

"We started making this boat one week ago. Most of my catch – fish, crabs, prawns – will be sold at market," he said.

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