25 Nov 2010

Teenage trio found after 50 days at sea

9:26 pm on 25 November 2010

Three teenage boys from Tokelau have been rescued by a tuna ship near Fiji after being missing for 50 days.

The boys - two aged 15 and one aged 14 - went missing from Atafu Atoll in a small aluminium boat after a sporting event in early October.

They were presumed to have died after unsuccessful searches by New Zealand's air force.

Tai Fredricsen, first mate of the tuna vessel San Nikunau, says the trio were spotted northeast of Fiji on Wednesday afternoon.

He says the teenagers, though dehydrated and sun-burnt, were now relaxing, listening to music and watching cartoons.

They will be taken to hospital in Suva.