Castaways adrift in the Pacific survive 29 days by eating coconuts floating past
By SEAMLESS DAILY
09 October 2021
two castaways were miraculously found alive after spending 29 days lost in the pacific ocean incredibly survived on rainwater.
Livae Nanjikana and Junior Qoloni set off from Mono Island, part of the Solomon Islands, on September 3 in a small motorboat.
"We have done the trip before and it should have been OK," Nanjikana told the Guardian.
The men fought off dehydration by using a piece of canvas to catch falling rain.
"We didn't know where we were but did not expect to be in another country," Nanjikana said.
the men were so weak they had to be carried off the boat and into a nearby house when they arrived on the island nation on october 3.
They are currently living with a local resident in Pomio on the south of New Britain island.
Nanjikana said the ordeal was a "nice break from Covid", the Guardian reports.
"I had no idea what was going on while I was out there.
i didn't hear about covid or anything else.
The men survived by eating oranges they'd packed for the expedition and coconuts floating in the sea.
The pair planned to travel 200km south to the town of Noro on New Georgia Island, using the west coast of Vella Lavella Island and Gizo Island to their left as a guide.
"When the bad weather came, it was bad, but it was worse and became scary when the GPS died," he said.
“ I look forward to going back home but I guess it was a nice break from everything. ” Mary Walenenea, the chief desk officer for the Solomon Islands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, based in Papua New Guinea, said they are in contact with Nanjikana to ensure the necessary arrangements are made so that both men can return home.
Two men from Solomon Islands who spent 29 days lost at sea after their GPS tracker stopped working have been rescued off the coast of Papua New Guinea – 400 kilometres away from where their journey began.
But even for experienced seamen, such as Nanjikana, the Solomon Sea, separating Solomon Islands from its neighbour, Papua New Guinea, is notoriously rough and unpredictable.
Just a few hours into their journey, they encountered heavy rain and strong winds, which made it hard to see the coastline they were supposed to be following.
“ We couldn't see where we were going and so we just decided to stop the engine and wait to save fuel. ” For the next nine days, the two survived on the oranges they had got from Mono.
when they ran out of oranges, they managed to survive for 29 days at sea, livae said : 'only on rainwater and coconuts and our faith in god because we prayed day and night. '
They then trapped rainwater to drink by using canvas and ate coconuts they found floating in the ocean.
"it was then that we shouted and continually waved our hands to the fisherman that he saw us and paddled towards us."
'when he reached us, we asked, where are we now?
Mr Nanjikana recounted seeing a fisherman in his wooden canoe at a distance.
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