After 50 days adrift, 3 teens rescued in South Pacific

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
November 26, 2010 02:09

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Three teens who have been missing in the South Pacific for 50 days — and were already eulogized in a memorial service — have been found alive by a New Zealand fishing boat on Wednesday.

The boys — two 15-year-olds and a 14-year-old — disappeared while attempting to row between two islands in the New Zealand territory of Tokelau in early October and were given up for dead after an extensive search involving New Zealand's air force.

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.

"All they could say was 'thank you very much for stopping,'" Tai Fredricsen, first mate of the San Nikuna, said.


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