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Men lost at sea for 29 days say it was a nice break






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We spend hours dreaming of getting away from it all. Two men from the Solomon Islands inadvertently did just that. They spent 29 days away from the rat race after getting lost at sea. They set off from an island on September the 3rd in a small motorboat to travel 200km to another island. It was a trip they had taken several times before. Soon after they set out, a storm played havoc with their navigation system. They lost their ability to find their location at sea. The storm blew them off course. They ended up 400km away, off the coast of Papua New Guinea.

The two men were upbeat about their unplanned adventure. Rather than be distressed, they said they enjoyed the potentially life-threatening escapade. One man said: "We didn't know where we were but did not expect to be in another country." They survived by eating oranges they had bought for their journey and coconuts floating in the sea. A fisherman spotted their boat and authorities rescued them. The man said: "I look forward to going back home, but I guess it was a nice break from everything." However, due to COVID-19, they will not be able to travel for a little while yet.

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