Jose Danilo Herrera was fishing in open sea when the storm hit.
His boat was just 30 kilometres (18 miles) from Loma de Arena, a small town on Colombia’s Caribbean coast. But it was too old and weak to power through a churning ocean. Then a huge wave flipped the vessel over, hurling Herrera and his two boatmates into the water.
The trio clung to the wreckage. Afternoon turned to dusk. Through the night, they tried not to think of the many sharks in these waters.
There were times they even heard the motors of ships searching for them in the dark. They screamed at the top of their lungs. It was all to no avail. "I am the kind of person, that, even when in the greatest danger, I never lose hope and calm," says Herrera. "But the truth is, I feared for my life."
Finally, the following afternoon, the fishermen were found – exhausted, famished and dehydrated, but alive.
Yet such stories have ended in tragedy. In the past, Colombian anglers caught in storms or suffering mechanical breakdowns have lost their lives.
The World Trade Organization and the United Nations are among authorities that are concerned about the vulnerability of small-scale fishing in coastal communities, especially those where the practice is deeply embedded in the culture and where fish are a major food source.
In recent years, however, through a programme sponsored by Shell, fishermen and women from Colombia’s coastal communities have adopted new safety practices designed to reduce risk. Now, they claim, their artisanal fishing is not just safer. They say it's more lucrative.