I ♥ stories like this!
God sho’ is good and he’s always on time!
That story of the three teenagers people thought lost at sea bein’ found almost 2 months is just so warm and squishy!
Boys will be boys. These lil dudes decided to see if they could row between two islands (in the fabulous New Zealand territory of Tokelau), in they lil aluminum boat. This was way back in Oct. They didn’t know that their lack of seafarin’ experience and that lil tin can of a boat, they might not make it. Or how stupid this was. I’m not quite sure how they came up missin’ but some folks speculatin’ say the outboard motor might have gone out, and with no oars, (…they weren’t able to control the direction of the boat. That would be my guess…) they drifted 800 miles out the way, into a ‘boondock’ area of the Pacific.
They were babies; two fifteen yr olds, Samu Perez and Filo Filo (what a name!), and a 14 yr old, Edward Nasau. They searched for them high and low. Their grievin’ families thought they were dead and even held memorials.
they look a lil ragged (& old) but ok…
A tuna boat way out in the ‘boonies’ too; saw the small boat and knew it was out the ordinary way out there, so they pulled up on it and saw the boys. RESCUED!
They had two coconuts when they started out (guess they didn’t plan to be gone long), but when the shyt got deep they drank rainwater (that had collected in the bottom of the boat. How scary!) and sea water when it didn’t rain, eatin’ raw fish and even a seagull they managed to catch (omg-it had feathers and guts and was raw. the eyes were lookin…omg).
It’s cute how they say that on the ride back to civilization, the boys ate kiwi, watched cartoons and listened to music… Bless they lil hearts.
God sent some angels out there to watch over those boys, till he could get that tuna boat out there, and I’m sure about it. Their families have the best reason to celebrate Thanksgiving 2010 (do they do that in NZ?). Their babies were found, found alive, found in good condition (they were a lil sunburned, dehydrated, weak and surely hungry but otherwise ok.)
They were found.
What a wonderful story of hope and survival. Perfect for the holidays.
*God bless them and their families.