Found 25th Nov 2010
Three boys adrift in Pacific for 50 days found alive
Map of Tokelau

Three teenage boys have been found alive after being lost in their boat in the Pacific Ocean for 50 days.

The boys, from the Tokelau Islands, a New Zealand-administered territory in the South Pacific, had been given up for dead after an unsuccessful search.

A tuna fishing boat picked them up near Fiji and is taking them to hospital for treatment for severe sunburn.

The boys survived on coconuts, water they trapped on a tarpaulin and a seabird they managed to catch.
'Strong mental spirit'

The boys - two aged 15 and one aged 14 - had gone missing from Atafu atoll in a small aluminium boat after an annual sporting event on 5 October.

They did mention that during the last two days they had started drinking salt water, which could have been disastrous”

They were presumed to have died after unsuccessful searches by the New Zealand air force.

A memorial service was held for them.

The boys were then spotted north-east of Fiji on Wednesday afternoon by a member of the tuna boat's crew.

"We drew up next to them, and we asked if they needed any help and their reply was a very ecstatic 'yes'," the tuna vessel's first mate, Tai Fredricsen, told the BBC.

"We immediately deployed our rescue craft and got them straight on board and administered basic first aid."

Mr Fredricsen said the boys had a small supply of coconuts on their boat, but that it had ran out after two days.

"They had a period when they were only drinking fresh water, which they were capturing during the night in a tarpaulin," he said.

"They also told me that two weeks prior to us rescuing them, they were able to catch a sea bird which was very lucky for them."

"They did mention that during the last two days they had started drinking salt water, which could have been disastrous for them," he added.

Mr Fredricsen said the boys were in surprisingly good shape considering their ordeal under the blazing tropical sun.

"They've got a lot of gusto, a lot of strong mental spirit. Physically they are very disturbing but mentally they are very strong."

13 Comments

Damn that's a long time, i thought the maximum you could last without food was about a month.
Also i wonder how they passed the time, a game of I-Spy perhaps?

Original Poster

It's like not eating again until January 14th, amazing what the body can do when it has to. Most people would struggle past 48 hours if they didn't have to.
Edited by: "greg_68" 25th Nov 2010

awesome survival story they are very lucky

Banned

i could have done longer.

Sloth/Mod

They did eat a seagull.

It's not food that's important to survival.............it's fluid.

Well there was the old lady who survived locked in her bathroom for 20 days on water alone. I find that more impressive and original.

vibeone

i could have done longer.



With a bigger bird though? Maybe Lisa Riley?

Banned

DarkKnight

With a bigger bird though? Maybe Lisa Riley?



DK, for possibly the first and only time... you made me laugh

vibeone

DK, for possibly the first and only time... you made me laugh



Printscreened, printed and framed

Banned

I call bull. They've been away on an island eating chocolate bars and fizzy pop. They ran out so decided to set off home.

Original Poster

I wonder if they lost a friend on the journey

http://blog.productionwizard.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/solarnavigatornet-cast_away_movie_wilson_footballjpg.jpeg&sa=X&ei=bGvuTKvTMYmH4QbykLSpCg&ved=0CAQQ8wc&usg=AFQjCNFWC76r5NFX9TV4tr8SyRCwKdc9wA


Edited by: "greg_68" 25th Nov 2010

Banned

3 people 50 days? I'm guessing there was 4 to begin with?
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