Photo: Sand sculpture-lost at sea
Samuel Perez and Filo Filo, both aged 15, and Edward Nasau, 14, have been rescued after spending 50 days floating in the Pacific Ocean. The three survived by drinking the rainwater they managed to capture, raw fish and even a curious seagull.
Family had last seen the boys on Oct 5th. Two planes had searched a 10,000 square mile patch of the ocean without success. The Families assumed they were dead and held memorial services.
The boy’s small boat had travelled 800 miles to the north east of Fuji where they were rescued.
“We got to them in a miracle,” Tai Fredricsen, the first mate aboard the tuna boat which found them, told New Zealand’s stuff.co.nz website. “Yesterday we saw a small vessel, a little speed boat ... and we knew it was a little weird. We had enough smarts to know there were people in it and those people were not supposed to be there.
“I pulled the vessel up as close as I could to them and asked them if they needed any help ... They said ‘very much so.’ They were ecstatic to see us.
“They were very skinny, but physically in good health, compared to what they have been through. They are in incredibly good shape for the time they have been at sea.”
The boys were sunburned but are reportedly watching cartoons and listening to music on the tuna vessel as they make their way to Suva, Fiji then home to the New Zealand administered territory of Tokelau.