Rescued after 50 days at sea

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

SUVA, Fiji (Associated Press) - The trio from the New Zealand territory of Tokelau walked ashore on shaky legs Friday, two days after a passing tuna boat spotted them drifting and picked them up.

Officials say the boys are dehydrated and badly sunburned but otherwise appear to be in good health.

They were taken to a hospital in the Fijian capitol of Suva for medical checks.

Tai Fredricsen, the first mate of the boat that picked the boys up, said they told him they survived by collecting rain water and by eating coconuts, raw fish, and a sea bird they caught.

Their families had already held funeral services for them, and were overjoyed when they received word the boys were still alive.

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