The two fishermen from Kiribati survived on fresh fish and rain water.
Two fishermen from Kiribati survived on rainwater and raw fish as their four -metre boat drifted for almost a month in the Pacific, news reports said on Wednesday.
Kiribati, a group of tiny islands 1,500 km north of Fiji, is midway between Australia and the continental U.S.
The men, aged 20 and 40, were spotted by the U.S. cruise ship, Pacific Princess, and taken aboard along with their fishing boat.
“I gave them water straight away,’’ Captain Alfred Canepa told Australian national broadcaster, ABC.
“It was a dry spell, they weren’t getting much rain and what happened was they started drinking salt water and that’s lethal,’’ he said.
“They wouldn’t have lasted another three days doing that.’’
The men drifted an estimated 675 km after their engine gave out.
The Pacific Princess dropped them off in the Solomon Islands, from where they can make their way back to Kiribati. Mr. Canepa said he had pledged to look after their fishing boat.
“We’re going to fix it up and when I’m by their island, I don’t know when that’ll be, I’m going to return it to them,’’ he said.