“I can’t wait to get home, but I guess it was a good break,” said one of the men, Livae Nanjikana. The Guardian.
Nanjikana and Junior Qoloni took off from Mono Island on September 3 in a motorboat to travel 200 km to Noro on New Georgia Island. However, soon after they left, the duo were hit by high winds and rain that obscured the coast they were following as their guide.
“When the bad weather came it was bad, but it was worse and got scary when the GPS died,” he said. “We couldn’t see where we were going so we decided to stop the engine and wait, to save fuel. “
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When the rain finally passed, Nanjikana and Qoloni had already drifted far out to sea. They spent the next 29 days living on the oranges they had packaged, coconuts they had found in the sea, and collecting rainwater.
A fisherman found and rescued the two men on October 2 off the coast of New Britain, in Papua New Guinea, about 400 km from their starting point.
Nanjikana and Qoloni were taken to a local health center for treatment and are staying with a local man, Joe Kolealo, until they can return home.
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