Juan Manuel Ballestero was stuck on the island of Porto Santo when the global pandemic struck. When all flights were cancelled, he was determined to see his father in Argentina for his 90th birthday:

“But the idea of spending what he thought could be ‘the end of the world’ away from his family, especially his father who was soon to turn 90, was unbearable.

“So he said he loaded his 29-foot sailboat with canned tuna, fruit and rice and set sail in mid-March.

“‘I didn’t want to stay like a coward on an island where there were no cases,’ Mr. Ballestero said. ‘I wanted to do everything possible to return home. The most important thing for me was to be with my family.’”

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