Monday, September 11, 2006
Four fishermen rescued near the Marshall Islands after 34 days adrift in the Pacific say they were ignored by a passing fishing boat less than a week after being lost at sea. The three men and one woman from Micronesia drifted nearly 1,500km in their 3m boat and survived on fish and rainwater before being found by a Marshall Islands charter vessel.They told reporters before being flown home that five days after being blown off course in a storm, they were approached by an Asian fishing vessel with the identification plate J8HN2. They say the vessel came within 15m before motoring away, despite their pleas for help. The four say they saw five other vessels, but none came close enough to see them.