3 Cubans stranded on deserted island for 33 days survived largely on coconuts

by Laura Mize · Feb 11th, 2021 12:01 pm

U.S. Coast Guard District 7

Last Updated Feb 12th, 2021 at 9:41 pm

Three Cuban people who became stranded on a deserted Bahamian island reportedly survived largely on coconuts for 33 days before being spotted Monday by the U.S. Coast Guard.

The two men and one woman say they swam to the island, called Anguilla Cay, after their boat sank. Anguilla Cay is located between the Florida Keys and Cuba.

The Coast Guard flight that spotted them lowered a radio, food and water, but was not equipped to land immediately on the island.

A helicopter returned Tuesday and airlifted the survivors to a medical facility in Florida. Reportedly, none of the people have major injuries.

American media outlets also say the people ate rats and conchs to survive.

"At first glance the island doesn't seem to have much, but there is some shrubbery there and some trees so they were able to stay out of the elements somewhat," said Lt. Justin Dougherty of the U.S. Coast Guard.

He added that he has never found anyone who has been stranded "for anywhere like that length of time before."


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