Fishermen Rescued After 25 Days in a Floating Cooler

Men say rainwater and fish kept them alive
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 21, 2009 6:15 AM CST
A pair of Burmese fisherman wave to rescuers from a floating icebox. The men said they had been adrift for 25 days.   (AP)

(Newser) – Aussie authorities are probing the story of a pair of Burmese fishermen found floating in an industrial-sized cooler, the Independent reports. The men were rescued after a customs aircraft spotting them waving frantically. They told officials they had been adrift for 25 days after their fishing boat sunk in heavy seas, with the loss of 18 other crew members.

The pair, who were treated for dehydration, said they had managed to survive on rainwater and fish. Some experts think the tale sounds a bit fishy, noting that the cooler seems too unstable to have stayed upright for 25 days and that the men show few of the ravages caused by long-term exposure at sea. But officials say that so far they have no reason to doubt the men’s story.