Castaways survive 29 DAYS adrift in the Pacific by eating floating coconuts and drinking rainwater after their boat’s GPS failed
- Livae Nanjikana and Junior Qoloni set off from the Solomon Islands on Sept 3
- They had been rescued a month later 248 miles away off coast of Papa New Guinea
- Two castaways say survived on rainwater, eating coconuts and praying to God
Two castaways had been miraculously discovered alive after spending 29 days misplaced in the Pacific Ocean the place they survived on rainwater, coconuts and praying to God.
Livae Nanjikana and Junior Qoloni, from the Solomon Islands, set off from Mono in the Shortland Islands on September 3 in a small motorboat, hoping to journey 124 miles south to Noro.
But simply hours into their journey, they encountered heavy rain, sturdy winds and thick clouds which made it unimaginable to see the shoreline they had been following, and then the battery of their GPS tracker died.
When they had been ultimately rescued by a fisherman off the coast of Papa New Guinea almost a month later, that they had floated 248 miles from the place their journey started.
When requested by SIBC News requested how they managed to survive for 29 days at sea, Livae stated: ‘Only on rainwater and coconuts and our religion in God as a result of we prayed day and evening.’
Livae Nanjikana and Junior Qoloni set off from Mono in the Shortland Islands on September 3 in a small motorboat and had been ultimately rescued 248 miles away by a fisherman off the coast of Papa New Guinea on October 2
The two males, who’re skilled seamen and had performed the journey earlier than, had deliberate to journey south in their 23-foot Yamaha ray boat utilizing west coast of Vella Lavella Island and Gizo Island to their left as a information.
‘When the unhealthy climate got here, it was unhealthy, however it was worse and turned scary when the GPS died,’ Livae stated. ‘We could not see the place we had been going and so we simply determined to cease the engine and wait, to save lots of gasoline.’
In an epic story of survival, they two males survived on oranges that they had packed for the journey for the first 9 days however ultimately ran out.
They then trapped rainwater to drink by utilizing canvas and ate coconuts they discovered floating in the ocean.
After a number of days, that they had the idea of constructing a sail, and constructed a mast utilizing paddles and canvas and set sail following the path of the wind.
Unbeknownst to them, they navigated in the direction of Papua New Guinea and had been rescued by a fisherman in a picket canoe at about 9pm on Saturday October 2.
Livae stated that with the little quantity of gasoline that they had left, they started the engine and went as shut as they may till the tank ran out.
Two castaways from the Solomon Islands had been miraculously discovered alive after spending 29 days misplaced at sea the place they survived by eating coconuts and oranges (inventory picture)
‘It was then that we shouted and regularly waved our fingers to the fisherman that he noticed us and paddled in the direction of us,’ he stated.
‘When he reached us, we requested, “Where are we now?” And he replied, “Papua New Guinea.”‘
Upon arriving on land, the two males had been so weak they needed to be carried off the boat to a close-by home the place they had been cared for by locals.
Despite the ordeal of a lifetime, Livae advised the Guardian that there have been some positives to drifting at sea, saying it was a ‘good break from Covid’.
He stated: ‘I had no idea what was happening whereas I used to be on the market. I didn’t hear about Covid or the rest. I sit up for going again dwelling however I suppose it was a pleasant break from the whole lot.’
The males have been given a medical verify up at a well being centre the place they had been stated to be in ‘good well being’ and at the moment are ready to be repatriated to Solomon Islands.