3 Teenage Boys Rescued After 50 Days At Sea
Three families will soon be celebrating a very special homecoming.
After being presumed dead, three teenage boys were rescued Wednesday by a New Zealand fishing boat after going missing in the South Pacific.
Edward Nasau, 14, Samuel Perez, 15, and Filo Filo, 15, disappeared while reportedly trying to row between islands in Tokelau, a New Zealand territory.
An "extensive search" by New Zealand's air force yielded no results, and the boys, who disappeared on Oct. 5, were eulogized in a memorial service two weeks ago.
"Their craft had drifted 800 miles (1,300 kilometers) to a desolate part of the Pacific northeast of Fiji, when the crew of a tuna boat saw them frantically waving for help on Wednesday afternoon," wrote the AP.
"The tuna boat's crew quickly worked to hydrate the frail teens, and bandaged sores caused by all the sun and saltwater. Yet within hours, they were able to eat and talk by phone with their families," CNN wrote.
The teens are expected to be taken to a hospital in Suva, Fiji's capital, on Friday.