Survived on rats: Trio rescued after 33 days on deserted island in Bahamas

Cheryl Santa Maria
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Survived on rats: Trio rescued after 33 days on deserted island in Bahamas
Survived on rats: Trio rescued after 33 days on deserted island in Bahamas

Two men and a woman, all Cuban nationals, have been rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard after spending 33 days on a deserted island in the Bahamas, officials report.

While on the island, they survived on coconuts, conch, and rats, the Sun-Sentinel reports. Upon rescue they were brought to a nearby medical centre showing signs of dehydration due to a lack of fresh water and fatigue, but were otherwise reportedly uninjured.

The group was spotted during a routine patrol by the coast guard Monday but the rescue was conducted the following day due to the weather.

Food, water, and a radio was dropped to the trio the day before their retrieval. They told rescuers they swam to the deserted island after their boat capsized five weeks ago.

U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Brandon Murray was quoted by the Sun-Sentinel saying it was "remarkable" they survived.

“I cannot recall a time that we saved people who were stranded for over a month on an island,” he said.

“That is a new one for me.”