Two castaways survived in the Pacific Ocean for 29 days by feasting on oranges and catching coconuts drifting past their boat
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Two men herded in the Pacific Ocean survived an incredible 29 days by eating coconuts that surfaced all the way to their boat and catching rainwater.
Solomon Islanders Licvae Nanjikana and Junior Qoloni set out on September 3 from Mono Island on a 124-mile journey to new South Georgia.
The skilled sailors had made the voyage earlier and planned to use visual markers to guide their route.
But the two fell into disaster when torrential rain and strong winds smashed their small motorboat.
During the storms, their GPS packed and the men found themselves floating in notoriously rough and unpredictable waters.
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“We have made the trip before and it should have been fine,” said Nanjikana the guard.
Without global positioning, they had no way of telling which direction to turn.
They decided to turn off the engine to save fuel, Nanjikana said.
The men had brought a supply of oranges to help them stay alive.
Another source of food was coconuts rocking on the waves.
The men battled dehydration by using a piece of canvas to catch the falling rain.
The duo swam 283 miles before being spotted by a fisherman off the coast of New Britain, Papua New Guinea.
“We didn’t know where we were, but we didn’t expect to be in another country,” said Nanjikana.
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The men were so weak when they were rescued on October 3 that locals had to carry them from the boat.
You currently live with a local in Pomio on the south of the island of New Britain.
Nanjikana said the ordeal was a “nice break from Covid,” the Guardian reports.
“I had no idea what was going on while I was outside. I haven’t heard from Covid or anything else, ”he said.
“I’m looking forward to coming back home, but I think it’s been a nice break from everything.”
Earlier this year, a trio shipwrecked on a desert island in the Bahamas were rescued after somehow surviving for 33 days.
The two men and a woman told their stunned rescuers that they managed to survive the epic ordeal by eating coconuts.
The castaways claimed they swam to the uninhabited island after their boat capsized in rough water.
Dramatic footage captured the moment when a helicopter crew spotted the stranded trio on a ledge and dropped life-saving supplies for them.
The crew said the three people frantically waved flags as the ship flew over Anguilla Cay, an uninhabited island in the Bahama Banks, on Monday during a routine air patrol.
A US Coast Guard helicopter crew filmed themselves skydiving supplies from the plane.
It captures the moment when the three castaways stranded below realized that salvation was finally here.
The footage of the helicopter crew also included a makeshift camp that the group had built on the island.
The man and the two women, who are all said to be Cuban nationals, reportedly told their rescuers that they had been stranded in the archipelago between Cuba and the Florida Keys for about five weeks.
None of the castaways appeared to be seriously injured, the United States Coast Guard (USCG) told reporters.