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Two Men Who Were Rescued After Spending 29 Days Lost At Sea Surviving Only On Rain Water And Coconuts Said It Was A ‘Nice Break’ From The Pandemic

Two men, who were rescued after spending 29 days lost at sea in the South Pacific, managed to see the bright side of the situation by referring to it as a nice break from the pandemic.

Yeah, we’ve reached that point.



Livae Nanjikana and Junior Qoloni were rescued after drifting 400 kilometers from their home in the Solomon Islands, making it all the way to the coast of Papua New Guinea.

The two set off on their 60 horsepower boat on September 3, headed for the town of Noro about 200 kilometers south of them. Shortly after leaving, they encountered bad weather which pushed them off course.

They told local media that when the heavy rain and winds came, they decided to stop their engine to save their remaining fuel.

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For the first nine days, they survived on the oranges they had packed for the trip.

After that, they lived off of coconuts that they would find floating in the water. Whenever they saw one, they would turn on the engine and fish them out of the sea.

They would cut the coconuts open using the boat’s anchor and a small axe. They also used a piece of canvas to trap rainwater to drink.

Eventually, they made a mast and sail with canvas and paddles, which they used to travel “following the direction of the wind.”

On day 29 at sea, they were rescued by a fisherman off the coast of Papua New Guinea.

Nankijana told The Guardian, “I had no idea what was going on while I was out there. I didn’t hear about COVID or anything else, I look forward to going back home but I guess it was a nice break from everything.”

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