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Three People Stranded On Deserted Island For 33 Days Rescued

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Three People Stranded On Deserted Island For 33 Days Rescued

Three people stranded on a deserted island in the Bahamas for 33 days were rescued yesterday (9 February) by the US Coast Guard (USCG).

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The unnamed Cuban nationals survived on coconuts, which were supplemented by rats and conch shells according to ABC News.

After rough waters capsized their boat between Cuba and Florida, the two men and one woman swam ashore to Anguilla Cay, an uninhabited island between Cuba and Florida.

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USCG's Lieutenant Justin Dougherty told WPLG: "It was incredible. I don't know how they did it.

"I am amazed they were in such good shape."

After spotting the flags, the helicopter dropped water, food, and a radio onto the island.

USCG videos posted to Twitter on Tuesday show the helicopter crew clad in khaki flight suits pushing red boxes from the back of an aircraft.

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Credit: Twitter/@USCGSoutheast
Credit: Twitter/@USCGSoutheast

In unsuitable weather, however, the helicopter was forced to return to base until the following day.

On Tuesday, the USCG returned to complete the rescue led by aircraft commander and helicopter pilot Mike Allert.

Allert said the three were suffering from dehydration, fatigue, and were in a dangerous situation due to a lack of fresh water.

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Returning to Lower Keys Medical Center in Florida, it became clear the three were left uninjured from the escapade.

Credit: Twitter/@USCGSoutheast
Credit: Twitter/@USCGSoutheast

USCG Petty Officer 2nd Class Brandon Murray was astonished the three had survived for so long alone on an uninhabited island without injuring themselves, or worse.

He said: "I cannot recall a time that we saved people who were stranded for over a month on an island. That is a new one for me."

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He went on to speculate about whether the trio were migrants or fishermen lost at sea.

Their motives are yet unclear.

While the final episode of Lost aired in 2010, perhaps they felt it was time for a new season?

Words: Clifford Mason

Featured Image Credit: Twitter/USCGSoutheast

Topics: US News

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