TRIO STRANDED ON DESERT ISLAND SURVIVED ON COCONUTS AND RATS FOR 33 DAYS

Two men and a woman from Cuba rescued on a desert island Tuesday survived by eating rats, coconuts, and conch for over a month, Coast Guard officials reported.

As part of a routine air patrol by the Coast Guard, the threesome was spotted Monday waving makeshift flags and by a large cross they had constructed.

The rescue occurred in the waters around Anguilla Cay in a chain of island between the lower keys and Cuba, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

“We were alerted to them by the flags that they actually had in addition to a large cross that they put out there for themselves,” Aircraft Commander Mike Allert told WPLG-Ch. 10.

After spotting the stranded threesome, the Coast Guard returned to drop water, food, and a radio on Monday but the rescue was delayed due to bad weather. On Tuesday a crew returned in a helicopter to pick up the castaways. They were flown to Lower Keys Medical Center, where none appeared to have serious injuries.

Allert told ABC News that the group appeared dehydrated, fatigued, and “in dire straits due to a lack of fresh water on the island.”

The Coast Guard said the trio was from Cuba. They claimed their boat capsized nearly five weeks earlier and they swam to the desert island.

It was not immediately clear if they were migrants trying to make it to the US or if they were fishermen lost at sea, said Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Brandon Murray.

Murray said it was incredible the three people survived. “I cannot recall a time that we saved people who were stranded for over a month on an island,” he said. “That is a new one for me.”

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