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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Surviving 50 days in the South Pacific Ocean

Suva, November 26, 2010 - Surviving 50 days in the South Pacific Ocean is a miracle for these three young men from the Island of Tokelau. According to international news, they have disappeared for 50 days after sailing from the New Zealand territory for a neighboring atoll during early October.

Some family members held memorial services after several days, presuming they were dead, especially when air force rescue operations failed to yield results. Hence, it was a great surprise when a New Zealand fishing boat found them drifting aimlessly in their small boat in the South Pacific Ocean.

They were then brought to Suva, at the Suva Public Hospital for medical treatment. The names of the three are, Filo Filo, Etueni Nasau and Samu Pelesa. The boys claimed they survived on raw fish, sea birds and rain water.

They lose weight, were sun-burned, dehydrated and had to undergo thorough medical examination. They gamely waved to cameras though and were warmly welcomed by their families and friends.