Boaters Rescued After Drifting for Three Weeks in Pacific

Three fishermen from a remote island in the Pacific may owe their lives to the bridge crew of a cruise ship operated by luxury line Seabourn.

The fishermen had been drifting across the ocean on their small boat for nearly three weeks after running out of fuel when they were rescued Sunday by the 450-passenger Seabourn Odyssey.

Seabourn says the fishermen’s boat was first spotted far in the distance by a lookout on the Odyssey‘s bridge, and the Odyssey‘s captain then deviated from the ship’s scheduled course to investigate the sighting, which was unusual for the remote area. The Odyssey was about 150 miles southwest of Pago Pago, American Samoa, at the time.Upon drawing closer, the Seabourn Odyssey found the three men frantically waving their clothing and jumping to draw attention. They were brought aboard the Seabourn Odyssey and transported overnight to Pago Pago. They arrived at their home island of Upolu on Tuesday, where they were reunited with family members who had assumed they had died at sea.

Seabourn says the fishermen had been surviving on rain water and their catch of fish. The line says passengers were so moved by their ordeal that they collected several thousand dollars to give to them to buy a new boat.

Courtesy of www.usatoday.com.

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