They Survive 29 Days In The Open Sea Eating Oranges, Coconuts, And Drinking Rainwater.

There are stories that sometimes manage to impress us to the point of becoming true examples of survival, almost impossible to believe in an age when everything is traceable and technological.

It can still happen today, and the two protagonists of what we are going to tell you to know something about it, having lived experiences that lead to the limits of survival, and which isolate people from everything and everyone, without other foundation as the hope of being saved. Our two men survived 29 days at sea, shipwrecked after a storm 400 km off the coast of Papua New Guinea . How did they do it? They supported each other with little, like true castaways.


image credit: Pxfuel – Not the actual photo

What started as a normal motorboat trip for Live Nanjikana and Junior Qoloni has turned into a nightmare, an experience they will not soon forget, but one that they can say they have escaped.

The two men were in the Solomon Sea off Papua New Guinea aboard their seven-meter boat. The weather conditions there are quite unpredictable and changeable, so much so that suddenly, due to heavy rains and high winds, they lost sight of the land and were pushed to where they never should have gone.


image credit: ILO Asia-Pacific/Flickr – Not the actual photo

As if that weren’t enough, their GPS tracker battery drained and their motorboat fuel ran out. Not knowing where to go, the two had no choice but to wait for someone to find them and save them. Luckily, they had a supply of oranges and coconuts on the boat, many of which had been scattered at sea during the storm.

It was in the water around them that Live and Junior, both originally from the Solomon Islands, collected them and, consuming them properly, managed to survive for 29 days until a fisherman spotted them and rushes to their aid .


image credit: Brocken Inaglory/Wikimedia – Not the actual photo

Before being rescued, they had judiciously constructed a sort of sail with the materials they still had inside the motorboat, which would allow them to navigate with the direction of the wind. The man’s intervention was providential, however, also considering the fact that with the scarcity of food and drinkable rainwater , they probably could not have lasted much longer in the open sea.

In short, a month of shipwreck for them in a story that seems straight out of a scenario or an adventure film plot!

source used: New Straits Times

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