16 Aug 2006

Mexican fishermen drift into Marshalls waters

2:06 pm on 16 August 2006

Three Mexican fishermen who drifted more than 8,000 kilometres across the Pacific have been rescued by a Taiwanese fishing boat near the Marshall Islands after at least three months at sea.

The fishermen were picked in boat with two disabled outboard motors between the Marshall Islands and Kiribati up on August the 9th.

The company's manager in Majuro, Eugene Muller, says they were skinny and hungry when they were picked up but otherwise healthy.

He added that they survived by catching seabirds and drinking rainwater.

Mr Muller has contacted the Marshall Islands government to ask the Mexican embassy in New Zealand, which handles relations with the Marshall Islands, to assist with getting the three men home.