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article imageThree teenage boys given up for dead rescued at sea in Fiji

By Leo Reyes     Nov 25, 2010 in World
Three teenagers who were given up for dead and were eulogized in a memorial have been found alive in the Pacific island of Fiji.
The boys disappeared in the New Zealand territory of Tokelau in early October. They were reportedly attempting to row and were later reported missing.
After 50 days of continued search, rescuers failed to find them. The boys - two 15-years old and a 14-year old- were given up for dead until a tuna boat crew found them alive.
Yahoo Asia News/AP reports
Their craft had drifted 800 miles (1,300 kilometers) to a desolate part of the Pacific northeast of Fiji, when the crew of a tuna boat saw them frantically waving for help on Wednesday afternoon.
The rescue came not a moment too soon: Fredricsen said they had begun to drink sea water because it hadn't rained in the past few nights.
"In a physical sense, they look very physically depleted, but mentally ... very high," Tai Fredricsen, first mate of the San Nikuna, told New Zealand Radio on Thursday.
The boys who started drinking seawater due to absence of rain in the past days, reportedly survived by eating a seagull that had landed on their boat.
After being rescued the tuna boat crew gave them small dose of fruits and fluids. They were dehydrated, sunburned and very thin, but otherwise seemed OK., Fredricsen said.
The boys were scheduled to be brought to a hospital in Fiji for treatment on Friday.
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