Teens Rescued at Sea Were Chasing a Girl

They somehow survived for 50 days
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 26, 2010 3:32 PM CST
Teens Rescued at Sea Were Chasing a Girl
Three teenagers survived 50 days adrift in a tiny boat in the South Pacific. Map locates their home, the Tokelau Islands.   (AP)

(Newser) – It was a great story before, but now it's just epic: The three Pacific Island teenagers who were rescued after being lost at sea for 50 days had been on the trail of a cute girl. It seems she had caught their eye while visiting their island for a sports tournament. After she returned to her own island about 100 miles away, the boys—ages 14, 15, and 15—decided to steal a small boat that night and follow. Crucially: Beer was involved in their decision-making.

The teens eventually became disorientated and went hopelessly adrift, managing to survive on 20 coconuts they brought along, along with rainwater, fish, and a seagull. They were being examined today in Fiji after their rescue by a fishing boat but appeared to be in relatively good shape. "You should have seen the village," one of the boy's uncles tells CNN. "Everybody was crying." Monsters and Critics has more details on their hunt for the girl. (Read more New Zealand stories.)

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