Brazilian fishermen rescued after 22 days stranded at sea

13:56, June 29, 2011      

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Six Brazilian fishermen were rescued by an Italian ship after they were stranded at sea for 22 days, official sources said on Tuesday.

Three of them were too feeble to walk when taken to hospital. Maicon Lima Santos, 24, the youngest among them, said the boat was caught in a storm, with its engine broken. Yet they managed to survive by sharing the little food available and even by drinking their own urine.

The fishermen left Cabo Frio in southeastern Rio de Janeiro state on May 27, and were expected to return on June 9. The last contact with the boat was made on June 6.

After they failed to return as scheduled, a local naval unit started a search, but failed to find any sign of the boat. Eventually, an Italian ship bound for Trinidad and Tobago found it on Monday.

Source: Xinhua
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