Two fishermen found after six weeks of wandering in the Pacific

Deux pêcheurs retrouvés après six semaines d'errance dans le Pacifique

Two fishermen of Marshall Islands have finally managed to win the bank of a small atoll, after six weeks of wandering in the Pacific, announced Thursday the local authorities, but no indication has been given on the fate of a third man.

Their small boat, equipped only with an outboard motor, was docked in Namoluk, the smallest atoll in Micronesia, with approximately 1600 km of the place where they were gone.

“They were lean and weak as one would expect after 40 days at sea,” said the secretary of state for Health of the Marshall Islands, Jack Niedenthal.

They have been identified as Godfrey Capelle and Thomas Benjamin, but no information has been given on the third person who accompanied them at the start, Junior Joram.

The three men had left the island of Ebeye in the Marshall archipelago on 2 April for a fishing trip. But, their boat was quickly met with engine problems, by strong wind and rough sea, and the research then being undertaken by the coast guard have come to nothing.

The stories of shipwreck and wandering in the Pacific are not uncommon.

In 2006, Mexicans had been recovered safe and sound in the Marshall Islands after nine months at sea, and in 2014 a Salvadoran had been in the same place after 16 months of wandering in the Pacific.

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