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Lost fishermen found after 57 days

The nation of Kiribati is situated in the southwestern Pacific Ocean.
Papua New Guinea

(CNN) -- Two lost fishermen from the Pacific nation of Kiribati have been rescued after surviving 57 days in rough seas.

The Solomon Star newspaper says the men, Atabu Baiaa, 32, and Ruben Baeke, 22, went missing on March 15 in their outboard motor boat after bad weather prevented them from reaching their destination.

They sighted more than 10 other fishing vessels during their plight, but none came to their aid.

The two were finally rescued by a Micronesian fishing vessel after it picked them up and took them to Papua New Guinea, the newspaper reported.

"The crew on board, which included five Solomon Islanders and some Asians, were very kind and helpful to us," they were quoted by the Star as saying.

Before their rescue, the men survived by eating raw fish and drinking rain water.

"We were lucky that we had our fishing components to catch fish for our meals and rain water to drink," they told the newspaper.

The two lucky men are now back in their home country.

According to The World Factbook, Kiribati is a remote country of 33 scattered coral atolls over an area of 811 sq km, which was granted self-rule by the UK in 1971 and completed its independence in 1979.

Situated about halfway between Australia and Hawaii, it has a population of 103,092.

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