Two castaways living in the Solomon Islands, in Southwest Asia, managed to survive 29 days aboard a small boat in the middle of the Pacific Ocean eating oranges, coconuts and rainwater until they built a device with cloth and wood and the wind carried them away to the island of New Britannia where they were rescued by a fisherman.
Livae Nanjikana and Junior Qoloni, were traveling between the islands of the Solomon Sea in a seven-meter boat when they were surprised by a storm a few hours after the start of the trip, on September 3, the Ansa news agency reported today.
Because of the “heavy rain, dense dark clouds and strong
winds, “Nanjikana told the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation on Friday,” we lost sight of land, “and when his GPS battery died it came nightfall, they shut down the 60-horsepower engine to save fuel.
The first night they spent under deck, sheltered from the rain and the wind that pushed the boat ever further out to sea. In the first nine days they ate the oranges that they had brought for the trip.
Once this provision was finished, they began to collect rainwater with a cloth bag and survived thanks to some floating coconuts that they found on the way.
“But above all thanks to faith in God because we prayed day and night,” said Nanjikana.
The man pointed out that “God advised us to build a device to navigate and so we build a tree-like structure using oars and cloth and set sail following the direction of the wind.”
The wind carried them to the island of New Britain, 400 kilometers off the coast of Papua New Guinea, where they sighted a fisherman who saved them.