After 50 days adrift, 3 teens rescued in S Pacific

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Posted: Nov 25, 2010 12:21 PM
Source: Associated Press

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand - There's already been a memorial service, but now three teens who had been missing in the South Pacific for 50 days have been found alive.

The crew of a tuna boat saw them frantically waving for help yesterday afternoon -- 800 miles from where they started. The two 15-year-olds and a 14-year-old disappeared early last month while attempting to row between two islands in the New Zealand territory of Tokelau.

They were presumed dead after an extensive search involving the country's air force.

The first mate of the fishing vessel says the boys were dehydrated, sunburned and very thin, but otherwise seemed OK.

Local news reports say the boys survived by drinking rainwater and eating a seagull that landed on their boat. They had started to drink sea water because it hasn't rained in the past few nights.

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