Three Cuban nationals believed to be stranded on an uninhabited island in the Bahamas for over 30 days, were finally rescued on Tuesday after they waved flags to get the attention of a passing US Coast Guard helicopter crew. According to the Guardian, the US coast guard found two men and a woman who were living in Anguilla Cay for 33 days after their boat capsized. Also Read - Bizarre! Chinese Man Seen Taking Two Rats For a 'Walk' With Wires Tied to Their Mouths
“The [pilot] noticed some unusual flags down there, some different colors, so they noticed some orange. They went back around to check it out, and they noticed three people signaling them,” said Lt. Justin Dougherty with the Coast Guard. Also Read - The Horror! Man Gets Trapped Underground With Rats After He Falls Down a 12-Feet Sinkhole
Upon their rescue, the trio was brought to the Lower Keys Medical Center in Key West, Florida, with no reported injuries. Though they showed signs of dehydration and fatigue, their conditions were good considering how long they were stranded. The group reportedly survived on rats, coconuts, and conch, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.
The crew were reportedly on a routine mission off the Florida Keys and their boat had overturned in rough waters following which they were able to swim to the island. They had been surviving by eating coconuts, the meat from conch shells and rats.
“Being out in those harsh elements for a long period of time, they were very happy to see us,” Mike Allert, the aircraft commander on the helicopter, told ABC’s Good Morning America.
If the trio hadn’t been found, they likely would have died from a lack of freshwater.