Fishermen Stranded In Indian Ocean Rescued

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Three Tanzanian fishermen rescued by a cargo ship after getting stranded at sea for 3days and two nights arrived safely at the port of Mombasa last evening.

According to the police, the three fishermen from the Tanagani area in Pemba survived without food or water after their dugout canoe on a fishing expedition capsized following a heavy storm.

"Their hopes to return to their families with a handsome catch were turned into a nightmare, as the three spent over 55-hours in the high seas playing hide and seek games with sharks and other deadly sea creatures to save their lives," said

Hafith Abdalla, 17, Musa Silima, 18 and Silimani Zidini, had set sail for the high seas early Saturday morning at around 4 am on a non-motorized canoe.

But mid-through their voyage, their canoe came under a torrential storm accompanied by strong tidal waves that swept it off, tossing the fishermen into the raging waters.

Miraculously, the trio were reported to have fought through the storm and strong winds and managed to get hold of the vessel, which they floated on the water once again and hopped aboard.

With their paddles gone with the tides, the fishermen lost control over the canoe and with the shore being tens of nautical miles away, they resigned to their fate, drifting deep into the sea by wind and tide.

Luckily on Monday evening, the captain of a bulk ship MV Ince Atlantic spotted the canoe with stranded occupants within the Kenyan territorial waters.

The captain reported to the Kenya Ports Authority control tower and was advised to assist the three and disembark them in Mombasa.

The ship's crew rescued the panic-stricken trio and gave them food, water, clothing and a place to sleep before ferrying them up to the outer Port limits of the Mombasa port on Tuesday.

The Tanzanian consular was immediately notified, and after interviewing the three, he established that they were Tanzanian nationals.

"Plans are currently underway to ensure that they are repatriated back home and reunited with their families," added the police.

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