26 Nov 2010

Joy in Tokelau over rescue of missing teenagers

5:39 am on 26 November 2010

There has been joy in Tokelau after news broke that three teenagers missing at sea for 50 days were found alive north east of Fiji.

The boys - aged 14 and 15 - went missing from Atafu Atoll in a small aluminium boat after an annual sport event in early October.

They were presumed to have died but were rescued after spotting a New Zealand tuna boat.

The father of one of the boys, Tanu Filo, says the good news was broken by one of the boys' grandmother after she received a phone call from the ship.

"It's a miracle, it's a miracle. The whole village, the whole village, there were so excited and cried and they sang songs and hugging each other yeah, on the road. Every people and everybody was yelling and shouting the good news."