Wednesday February 10, 2021
Nourished on coconuts for 33 days
Three Cubans rescued from a desert island
Three Cubans swim to a deserted island after a boat crash between Cuba and Florida. The stranded live on coconuts, mussels and rats for 33 days – it was only after weeks that the US Coast Guard noticed their signal for help and saved the trio.
The US Coast Guard rescued three people who had been stranded on an abandoned island in the Bahamas for almost five weeks. This is reported by several American media outlets and relates to the agency. For more than a month, two men and a woman from Cuba tried to draw attention to themselves using colored flags.
After a long wait, the tactic was successful: During a routine patrol on Monday, the US Coast Guard aircraft discovered the missing. The three people were stranded on Anguilla Cay, an island chain between the Florida Keys and Cuba. The Cubans’ boat capsized in rough waters about five weeks ago. After the boat accident, they swam to the island. According to “CBS”, the three ate coconuts, mussels and rats – this was the only way they could survive.
“It was amazing. I don’t know how they did it. I am amazed that they were in such good shape when we saw them,” said Lt. Justin Dougherty of the Coast Guard. The emergency services first dropped a radio, food and water on the island. This enabled the authorities to communicate with the stranded trio.
On Tuesday, the group was finally found and taken to a hospital in the Florida Keys for treatment. According to the rescue workers, none of the three was seriously injured.