Rome, 9 October 2021 – A month in the middle of the ocean, with little food, but they survived. Two castaways residing in the Solomon Islands they transcribed 29 days on board a small boat at the mercy of the Pacific waves only with coconuts, oranges and many prayers. The two, Livae Nanjikana e Junior Qoloni, were traveling between the islands of the Solomon Sea on a seven-meter boat when they were caught in a storm just hours after the voyage began, the 3 September last. Due to “heavy rain, dense dark clouds and strong winds,” Nanjikana told the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation yesterday, they lost sight of the mainland and when their GPS battery ran out and night came, they lost sight of the mainland. shut down the 60 horsepower engine to save fuel.
The first days
They spent the first night below deck, sheltered from the rain and wind that pushed the boat further and further out to sea. In the first nine days they ate the oranges they had brought for the trip: these supplies finished, they began to collect rainwater with a canvas bag and survived thanks to some floating coconuts they encountered along the way, but above all – as Nanjikana said – thank you “to our faith in God, because we prayed day and night “.
How they escaped
“After several days, since we prayed, God advised us to build a device to navigate – continued Nanjikana -. So we built a tree-like structure using paddles and canvas and set sail following the direction of the wind. “The wind carried them to the island of New Britain, about 400 km off the coast of Papua New Guinea, where they spotted a fisherman who rescued them. The two are now in Pomio, waiting to be taken back to the Solomon Islands.
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