India, Oct. 26 -- The sleepy coastal village of Khirisahi in Odisha was suddenly astir on Friday when a battered boat washed ashore with a man who could barely walk. Amrit Kujur, 49, of Shaheed Dweep in the Andaman and Nicobar Island had been missing at sea past 28 days during which he lost a friend and weathered two storms in the Bay of Bengal.

Kujur told Odisha police that he had started from the Andaman Islands, approximately 750 nautical miles or 1300 km from Odisha coast, on October 28 with his friend to sell provisions and potable water to other ships in the Andaman sea.

"Kujur and Divyaranjan would sell groceries and potable water to other ships on the sea. They were planning to sell their wares worth Rs 5 lakh when they ran into...