• Home
  • News
  • Entertainment
  • LAD Originals

U OK M8?
Free To Be
Citizen Reef

To make sure you never miss out on your favourite NEW stories, we're happy to send you some reminders

Click 'OK' then 'Allow' to enable notifications

Not now

Men Lost At Sea For 29 Days Say It Was A 'Nice Break'

Tom Wood


Men Lost At Sea For 29 Days Say It Was A 'Nice Break'

Two blokes who spent 29 days floating around in the ocean completely lost have now said that their enforced break from civilisation wasn't all bad, after all.

Yep, the pair seem to be pretty circumspect about the best part of a month that they spent listing around the seas of the southern hemisphere, before they were eventually rescued some 400 kilometres from where they started.

Livae Nanjikana and Junior Qoloni, a pair of sailors from the Solomon Islands, set out to travel to New Georgia Island, but their GPS system failed and left them lost on the high seas.

They'd planned to keep the west coast of Vella Lavella Island and Gizo Island on their left to help them navigate but managed to get it wrong, even though they've both made the journey before and are experienced seamen.

The Solomon Sea is notoriously unpredictable, and that's how it proved for the pair.

Credit: Alamy Stock Photo
Credit: Alamy Stock Photo

Nanjikana said, as per The Guardian: "We have done the trip before and it should have been OK."

However, the rain and wind came in, obscuring their view of the islands, and eventually getting them completely lost.

He continued: "When the bad weather came, it was bad, but it was worse and became scary when the GPS died,

"We couldn't see where we were going and so we just decided to stop the engine and wait, to save fuel."

They managed to survive on oranges that they had aboard the boat, as well as coconuts that floated by on the sea, and they collected rainwater in a canvas sheet to drink.

Eventually, they were rescued by a fisher off the coast of New Britain, in Papua New Guinea.

He added: "We didn't know where we were but did not expect to be in another country."

Despite the fact that it sounds rubbish, both men have managed to take some positives from their ordeal.

For one thing, they didn't hear anything about Covid-19. That's got to be something.

Credit: Alamy Stock Photo
Credit: Alamy Stock Photo

Nanjikana added: "I had no idea what was going on while I was out there. I didn't hear about Covid or anything else,

"I look forward to going back home but I guess it was a nice break from everything."

Well, everyone is safe now, and the two lads have been assessed by healthcare professionals before spending a bit of time living with a local.

When they first showed up, they were so weak that they had to be carried.

Still, it's nice to get away, isn't it?

Featured Image Credit: Alamy Stock Photo

Topics: World News, Interesting, Weird

Tom Wood
More like this

Chosen for YouChosen for You


Harry Kane wouldn’t have been allowed on the pitch if he’d worn OneLove armband

10 hours ago

Most Read StoriesMost Read

Ex-Miss Croatia says Qatar needs to respect her way of life as she risks prison arrest

3 hours ago