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Finding himself all alone — as if he had missed the “rapture” — U.S. tourist Ian Cole found himself left behind in the middle of a very large ocean.

The vacationer says he fought off panic when an Australian tour boat company accidentally left him stranded near the Great Barrier Reef in his snorkeling gear.

The 28-year-old Cole says he grew frightened when he surfaced and realized the Passions of Paradise tour boat was gone last Saturday.

Since American couple Tom and Eileen Lonergan disappeared after being left behind by a boat in nearby Port Douglas in the 1990s, tour companies have followed strict head count rules.

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