November 25th, 2010
09:08 AM ET

Boys found alive after 50 days at sea

For three boys from the Tokelau Islands the word miracle has a whole new meaning.

After going missing following a sporting event in October, and after several unsuccessful searches by New Zealand's air force, they were presumed dead. About 500 people on the island held a memorial service for them.

But for Samuel Perez and Filo Filo, both 15, and Edward Nasau, 14, this story ended in the most unbelievable way - being rescued by a tuna ship near Fiji after 50 days at sea.

Since October 5, the three survived with limited supply. They shared a single raw seagull and drank a tiny bit of rainwater. They eventually resorted to drinking small amounts of sea water, Australia's Herald Sun reported.

On Wednesday afternoon, their saga finally came to an end when the tuna boat, the San Nikunau, saw their small aluminum boat floating in the middle of open waters. They were and 750 nautical miles (1,300 km) away from where they went missing.

'We got to them in a miracle," the first mate, Tai Fredricsen, told the Sydney Morning Herald.

"They were in reasonably good spirits for how long they'd been adrift," Fredricsen told the Herald Sun. "They were very badly sunburnt. They were in the open during the day up in the tropics there. But really they just needed basic first aid."

Call it a miracle, or call it luck, but for these boys, it was a rescue that might not have happened if not for chance.

The tuna boat was fishing far from where it usually does, the crew told the Herald Sun. It was taking a shortcut home to New Zealand when it stumbled upon the boys.

The boys were being checked at a hospital but were ecstatic to finally be able to speak by phone to their families.

"They've got a lot of gusto, a lot of strong mental spirit," Fredricsen told the Morning Herald. "Physically they are very [distraught] but mentally they are very strong."

soundoff (589 Responses)
  1. jewishguy

    Allow me to interfere but there are several types of miracles.
    1)a miricle that trancends nature
    2)a miracle within nature
    i forgot the third one

    this is a miracle within nature.
    G-d splitting the sea for the jews was a miracle that trancends nature
    the split

    November 25, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. jessy

    Im glad they found those boys....god is always with good or bad situations! =]

    November 25, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  3. DinaK

    This is the first time I've heard about these missing boys. I think that this story is much more important than reporting on Sarah Palin very day for two years.

    November 25, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  4. thor2

    Those who belittle Jesus Christ are getting their reward now and later at death they will have to account on why they were so anti-Christ in their earthly lifes. Christ has given everyone a chance to follow Him and those who reject will pay the ulimate price. We do not have the spiritial eyes or understanding to understand all of God's ways and those who follow Him have only a glimpse.

    November 25, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gumby

      The empty threats of a frightened christian.

      It's your hell, you burn in it.

      November 25, 2010 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • They'rein Denial

      You are absolutely correct, thor2! Congratulations for your astute understanding of this important matter. As for "Gumby", the frightened person will be he when he enters into the Afterlife and finds himself without the Light of Jesus and Salvation that only He can give to those who accept Him. But it is his choice entirely, thor2. Some people simply cannot stand to be where there is Light and Love. Again, it is their personal choice and since they have made their bed they will thus be forced to lie in it. And Gumby is also in denial about hell. He is closer to it than you will ever be and I pray he sees the Light of Salvation before it is too late for him and he sees that what the Bible has been saying all along is, afterall, True. By then, of course, it will be too late for him but perhaps others with greater Faith can be Saved.

      November 26, 2010 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Lard

    Praise the Lard! That stuff has a lot to do with survival – in cold and wet and without food situations!
    Praise common sense – it saves life.

    November 25, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  6. finchleylad

    i think the kids read the yan martel book..the life of pi.
    striking similarity!

    November 25, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peter

      Go to this link for the whole story.

      November 27, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • ybs

      Send them back to sea to see what kind of world records they could set! 🙂

      BTW, congrats!

      December 11, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  7. yin tuang

    They should be grounded for a week.

    November 25, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      Nice one!!

      November 25, 2010 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • bailoutsos

      Tokelau Islands or America. Teenagers cause parents a lot of problems.

      November 25, 2010 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Megan

      Hahaha, hug them, tell them how glad you are that they're safe and then yell and tell them that they better not EVER do anything like that ever, ever again.

      November 25, 2010 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
  8. cud natury

    a wystarczylo by byl tayphoon

    November 25, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  9. cud natury

    Sissi, are You from smolensk?

    November 25, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  10. hailei

    What a nice story compared with all the bad stuff we usually see on the news.
    I am guessing they would drink rainwater,
    They probably couldn't survive 50 days with just a bird, so maybe they fished in the ocean for food.
    Bet those guys are happy to be home

    November 25, 2010 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  11. tom

    hey "sissy" go back in the hole you came from. just another loser

    November 25, 2010 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Cecchi

    Wow, what a story!!!
    I'm from Italy, I say hi to all you guys!!!

    November 25, 2010 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  13. The truth

    Its all Obama's fault

    November 25, 2010 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • SoundTruth

      Why did you vote for him when you kmew he was a sappy choice for a president???

      November 25, 2010 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • teacher2049

      The Tokelau Islands? Since when is that part of the United States and what does it have to do with our President? Please go back to school and take some geography and history courses.

      Thanks for a great story on this day of Thanksgiving ... these boys have a lot to be thankful for, but then again Thanksgiving in that part of the world is not celebrated. So, let's just say thank you for keeping hope alive.

      November 25, 2010 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peter

      You mean John Key don't you. Same guy responsible for the mine explosions

      November 27, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  14. The truth

    The beautiful part of the argument, is God needs no defense. Gods ppl know him because He called them. The rest He will say to them I never knew you. ..and into the fire you go!

    November 25, 2010 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheGreatDG

      You... are seriously retarded.

      November 25, 2010 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  15. iceaxdave

    IDIOTAS! Send them the S&R bill. Rowing across those straits in an aluminum row water...IDIOTAS!

    November 25, 2010 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
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