Men get lost at sea for almost a month: “Nice break from everything”

Amy Christie

Livae Nanjikana and Junior Qoloni were headed for Mono Island in the Solomon Islands. They were sailing n a small, 23-foot Yamaha motorboat and had no clue that they were about to be left stranded for 29 days.

While they didn’t expect to end up in a different country, they felt this time away from everything was a good change with no added stress or pressure from the current situation.

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The two friends were planning to travel to the town of Noro, located on New Georgia Island, about 124 miles south. They had made this trip before, guiding themselves by the west coast of Vella Lavella Island and keeping Gizo Island to their left, according to Sunnyskyz.

“The bad weather became scary when the GPS died. We couldn’t see, and so we just decided to stop the engine and wait, to save fuel,” Livae shared with The Guardian.

The two men managed to stay alive by eating the oranges they had packed for their trip. They also collected coconuts and then used them to store rainwater, as well as a canvas. Their isolation from the world went on for 29 days.

They were finally rescued by a fisherman on the coast of Papa New Guinea. Livae and Junior had floated 248 miles away from their starting point for the journey.

“We did not expect to be in another country,” Nanjikana said.

Even though it wasn’t easy getting lost at sea for almost a month, the seamen chose to see the positive side of this experience.

“No idea what was going on about Covid or anything else. I look forward to going home, but it was a nice break from everything,” he concluded.

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