Filipino fishermen set sail in fridges after typhoon wrecks their boats

Fishermen carry a boat made from a broken fridge to the beach in Tanauan on Nov. 20, 2013. Damir Sagolj / Reuters
A net containing the day's catch. Damir Sagolj / Reuters

Usually a fisherman catches a fish and puts it in the fridge. In one typhoon-wrecked Filipino village, fishermen are putting themselves in the fridge and then going fishing.

Typhoon Haiyan crashed into the central Philippines on Nov. 8, laying waste to just about everything in its path, including the long, stylish fishing boats moored along beaches.

Jimmy Obaldo, 52, was the first of Tanauan's fishermen to try it out. "We got the idea from my children - they just asked me if we could use it as a boat," he said.

-- Reuters

Boys maneuver their boat, made from a broken fridge and bamboo, to the beach. The first fridge boat was made by a fisherman whose children gave him the idea as they wanted to play in it. Damir Sagolj / Reuters
Jimmy Obaldo, second right, looks at his catch. Damir Sagolj / Reuters
A small fish and a crab inside one of the boats. Damir Sagolj / Reuters


Families take shelter aboard typhoon ship that crushed their homes

Satellite images reveal typhoon's devastating impact

Signs for help highlight despair of Filipinos struck by typhoon