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Pacific island boys found alive after 50 days lost at sea

Three teenage boys were rescued by a fishing boat in the Pacific Ocean after 50 days lost at sea, and being given up for dead.

One of three boys from Tokelau island (c.) is helped on his arrival in Suva, Fuji, Friday. The trio survived 50 days adrift in the South Pacific by drinking rainwater and eating raw fish and a seagull before being rescued by a passing fishing boat.

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In what some are calling good fortune and others are referring to as a miracle, three teenagers who were thought to be dead were found alive by a fishing boat after being adrift in the South Pacific for 50 days well outside of commercial shipping routes, officials in New Zealand said.

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Family members of the two 15-year-olds and one 14-year-old, from the Tokelau Islands of New Zealand, alerted local search and rescue that something was wrong, and then the New Zealand air force launched a search of the area, according to Sky News. The boys had been presumed dead two weeks ago, and their small village had even held memorial services for them when their small aluminum dinghy was found Wednesday afternoon.

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