11 Sep 2006

FSM fishermen rescued after 34 days say they were ignored by passing boat

6:18 am on 11 September 2006

Four fishermen rescued near the Marshall Islands after 34 days adrift in the Pacific, said they were ignored by a passing fishing boat less than a week after being lost at sea.

The three men and one woman from the Federated States of Micronesia drifted nearly 1,500 km and survived on fish and rainwater before being found by a Marshall Islands charter vessel.

The group said that five days after being blown off course in a storm, they were approached by an Asian fishing vessel.

The vessel came within 15 metres before motoring away despite their pleas for help, however they do have details of its identification plate.

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The four Micronesians included Tender Haser who was campaigning on the outer islands ahead of national elections next March for the Federated States of Micronesia Congress when the storm blew up.