March 21, 2023

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Heinz wants to buy a new boat for the man who survived the ketchup when he was lost at sea

(CNN) A sailor who spent lost weeks at sea in January, who survived largely on ketchup, can have a new, state-of-the-art boat coming at him.

And the coolest gift will be thanks to the ketchup giant Heinz who is trying to locate Elvis Francois.

Company published Social media caption for February 14th, hoping to track down the elusive Dominica sailor. According to Heinz’s social media, they have already reached out to the government of Dominica, the island nation to which François is from, as well as the Colombian Navy, which rescued him northwest of Puerto Bolivar in Colombia.

But so far, none of the attempts to find François have been successful, says Heinz.

So the ketchup retailer is now “asking the general public to try and help catch,” according to a statement shared with CNN via email.

“We’re also asking for any reliable leads to contact Elvis so we can help cover a new boat equipped with full navigation technology to avoid another disaster in the future,” the company added.

Heinz also suggested that fans use the hashtag #FindTheKetchupBoatGuy to amplify the search.

François, 47, was repairing his boat near the Dutch part of the island of St Maarten in December when his boat was pulled overboard. He told the Colombian authorities that he lacked the navigational knowledge to return to shore and had spent 24 days at sea. He survived with a bottle of ketchup, garlic powder, and MAGGI® Bouillon cubes, which he mixed with water.

Colombian authorities said he was rescued after an aircraft spotted his schooner with an “assistance” dug into the ship’s hull.

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