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article imageCastaways found and rescued after spending 33 days at sea

By Leigh Goessl     Nov 29, 2011 in World
Two men, who have been lost for the past 33 days at sea, have been rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard. The two men, who live on the Pacific island of Kiribati, were found 300 miles north of their starting point, coming ashore on Namorik Atoll.
The men, aged 53 and 26, were reported missing back on Oct. 22. Their whereabouts were unknown until they were rescued from Namorik Atoll, which is part of the Marshall Islands, located in the Pacific Ocean.
The Telegraph reported the castaways are "safe, but weak after spending more than a month adrift."
Kiribati is an island nation comprised of "32 widely-dispersed atolls" in the central tropical Pacific. Media reports indicated local residents say it has become a regular occurrence for fishermen to go missing and "if they are fortunate" enough to end up marooned, they are rescued from the tiny islands.
MSNBC reported Giff Johnson, the editor of the Marshall Islands Journal, said on ABC Radio Australia, "As odd as it may seem, the Marshall Islands hosts Kiribas drifters quite frequently," adding, "It's not that it happens all the time. Let's just say people from Kiribas are very hardy individuals. They get lost on a little boat and manage to persevere. It is an amazing thing."
Arrangements are being made for the two, currently unnamed, men to be flown back to their homes in Kiribati after they reach the Marshall Island's capital of Majuro.
The Telegraph reported the most recent record for long drifting occurred in late 2005 when three Mexican fishermen floated from San Blas and 10 months later ended up 5,000 miles away at, "of all places" the Marshall Islands.
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