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Johnrb 08-17-2006 04:08 PM

Fishermen rescued after 9 months adrift
I found this interesting story in today's National Post newspaper (link at bottom):

"Three Mexican fishermen who disappeared in the Pacific Ocean nine months ago have been rescued nearly 8,000 kilometres from their home, saying they survived by eating seagulls, drinking rainwater and reading the Bible."

"A Taiwanese tuna boat scooped the men out of the water about halfway between Hawaii and Australia on Aug. 9. They had drifted all the way from San Blas, a fishing village about 160 kilometres north of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, where they were last seen in late October or early November, 2005."

"Salvador Ordonez Vasques, Jesus Eduardo Vidana Lopez and Lucio Rendon Bacerra left San Blas on a short shark-fishing trip on Oct. 25, according to Mr. Aguayo. They took an eight-metre fibreglass boat."

"Mr. Aguayo said the men took only enough fuel for a few days and unexpectedly ran into a storm. They may have used up their fuel travelling in the wrong direction, thinking they were headed back to shore, according to Mr. Aguayo."

"The men's families concluded they had perished at sea."

"As the months passed at sea, the men's boat drifted farther and father west, until they reached the waters north of Baker Island -- between the Marshall Islands and Kiribati, and about 8,000 kilometres from the Mexican fishing village they left."

"Crew members aboard a Taiwanese trawler spotted the men's small boat and realized they were alive, said Eugene Muller, manager of Koo's Fishing Company Ltd."

"They seemed to be in very good health, given what they just went through," Mr. Muller said in an interview from Majuro, the capital city of the Marshall Islands. "Other than being very hungry and having lost a lot of weight, our crew said they didn't need any medical attention."

MoontideC30 08-17-2006 04:38 PM

Sea Gulls
Yumm!! Nothin like fresh water pigeon on the Bar-B.

Sonofasonofasailor 08-17-2006 07:27 PM

What an ordeal!
I can't imagine 9 months on a boat adrift.

infonote 08-18-2006 12:57 AM

Luckily they had good survival skills but were know nearly nothing about navigation skills. They run out of fuel going in the wrong direction.

Eleanna 08-18-2006 08:02 AM

It's called coming from a poor fishing village in Mexice where compass or GPS is a no used nav. tool. They probarly fished in the same waters there whole life and lost there direction in the storm.
I once overheated my engine and had to anchor up for a few minutes to adress the problem, and as I come up from the cabin the tide has swung the boat 180 and I get back on my way and it took me 10 minutes before I realize I'm going in the wrong direction. In good wheather.
Maybe it was something bad in my beer...


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