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After 29 days of getting lost at sea, men rescued in New Guinea survived thanks to 'pray and tube' |  world and science

After 29 days of getting lost at sea, men rescued in New Guinea survived thanks to ‘pray and tube’ | world and science

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Posted 10/09/2021 11:40 AM | Updated on 09/10/2021 12:13 PM

Two Solomon Islanders got lost in the Pacific Ocean, survived 29 days thanks to coconuts, oranges and prayer, before being rescued off the coast of Papua New Guinea, 400 kilometers away.

The two men were traveling between two islands in the unpredictable sea of ​​the Solomon Islands when their seven-meter boat was hit by a storm on September 3.

Nanjikana told Algerian Broadcasting Corporation television on Friday that Levi Nanjikana and Junior Colony were missing “under heavy rain, thick clouds and strong winds.”

The GPS battery ran out, and as night approached, they turned off the 60-horsepower engine to save fuel.

For the first nine days, they ate the oranges they took on the trip.

When they were exhausted, Levi Nanjikana explained that they survived thanks to the rainwater and coconut “and our faith in God because we pray day and night.”

The two men collected rainwater with a tarp, started the engine as soon as they spotted a coconut in the sea and ran to get it.

Levi Nanjikana explained, “After several days, God gave us the idea to build a sailing device. So we built a mast-shaped structure with oars and a tarpaulin and set the sails according to the direction of the wind.”

The sail took them to the island of New Britain in Papua New Guinea, where they saw a fisherman from afar. They started the engine to get close to him, but the fuel ran out.

The two men remain in Pomelo, New Britain, while arrangements are being made for their relocation to the Solomon Islands.