PNG men adrift for 500km in outboard motorboat rescued in Solomon Island | Pacific Beat

PNG men adrift for 500km in outboard motorboat rescued in Solomon Island

PNG men adrift for 500km in outboard motorboat rescued in Solomon Island

Updated 25 March 2015, 9:45 AEDT

Now for a tale of survival, or maybe luck, as a small boat carrying seven men from Papua New Guinea washes up in Solomon Islands 13 days after the crew ran out of petrol and started to drift.

The men had been transporting cargo for the Ministry of Agriculture between the islands of Misima and Woodlark in PNG's eastern Milne Bay Province when they got caught up in bad weather caused by Cyclone Pam.

They did not have a GPS or even any life jackets on board, surviving on raw sweet potato and rain water.

The fibreglass outboard motorboat drifted more than 500 kilometres before washing up on Rendova Island, in the Western Province of Solomon Islands.

Presenter: Sam Bolitho

Speaker: Tommy Angau, second secretary and acting head of the PNG's High Commission in Honiara

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