Three teenagers miraculously survived nearly two months on coconuts, rainwater and a raw seagull before being rescued at sea this week.
The teens from the Tokelau Islands - Edward Nasau, 14; Samu Perez and Filo Filo, both 15 - were rescued Wednesday by a tuna boat after a crew member spotted their tiny aluminum dinghy in the Pacific Ocean, northeast of Fiji.
"We knew it was a little weird," the tuna boat's first mate, Tai Fredricsen, told stuff.co.nz. "We had enough smarts to know there were people in it and those people were not supposed to be there."
The boys had gone missing Oct. 5, and their families had already held memorial services following failed searches by the New Zealand Air Force.
They had been attempting to row their 12-foot boat between two islands in the New Zealand territory of Tokelau.
The badly sunburned seafarers were in remarkably good spirits, Fredericsen told the BBC.
"They've got a lot of gusto, a lot of strong mental spirit," he said. "Physically, they were in a bad way but mentally they are very strong."
The teens told their rescuers that they had started drinking seawater for the two days prior to their rescue, after having consumed most of their supply of coconuts.
"They did go for a period where they were only drinking fresh water, which they were capturing during the night," Fredericsen said.
The water collected on their boat's tarpaulin kept them nourished along with a seabird they managed to kill - and eat raw.
Friday, November 26, 2010
Thanksgiving miracle: Boys survive two months adrift at sea.
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