8 Oct 2009

28-day ordeal at sea for PNG family

4:34 pm on 8 October 2009

A one year-old toddler is among a family of six from New Ireland province in Papua New Guinea who survived 28 days adrift at sea after their boat bound for Tabar Island strayed off course on Aug the 24th.

The newspaper, The National, reports the family from Tabar Island were returning home from a feast at neighbouring Tanga Island in their 40-foot dinghy when they drifted off course.

They were spotted on September the 22nd by the crew of a Chinese fishing fleet, who radioed for help and took them to the nearby Federated States of Micronesia.

They have now flown back to PNG where they have spoken about their ordeal.

They said they had encountered strong winds and lost their way, and had survived on raw rice and dry biscuits, and collected rain for drinking water.