A sailor has been rescued along with his cat after their boat broke down in the Indian Ocean seven months ago. 54-year-old Zbigniew Reket was pulled from the waters by the French coastguard. He said that his cat was his only company and that he survived on fish that he caught after his rations — enough for just one month — ran out. He was rescued in his modified lifeboat after being spotted by the crew of a yacht on Christmas Day. Reket said that when he left the Comoros Islands in May he was trying to get to South Africa but his boat broke down.