Teens rescued after 50 days adrift

2010-11-25 10:04

Wellington - Three teenage boys from the remote Pacific island of Tokelau were reported on Thursday to have been rescued by a tuna ship near Fiji after 50 days adrift in the Pacific Ocean.

The boys, aged 14 and 15, went missing in a small aluminium boat in early October and were presumed to have died after unsuccessful searches by the New Zealand air force.

Tai Fredricsen, the first mate of the New Zealand-based tuna vessel San Nikunau, told Radio New Zealand the trio were were found on Wednesday off the coast of Fiji which is 1 420km from Tokelau.

Fairfax Media reported the teenagers had eaten just one seagull in their seven weeks adrift.

They were said to be dehydrated and sun-burnt and would be taken to hospital when the ship reaches Fiji on Friday.