Coast Guard rescues three Cubans from deserted island where they lived off coconuts for 33 days

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Coast Guard rescues three Cubans from deserted island where they lived off coconuts for 33 days
Coast Guard rescues three Cubans from deserted island where they lived off coconuts for 33 days

U.S. Coast Guard crews rescued three people who were stranded on an island in the Bahamas for 33 days.

The trio — two men and a woman from Cuba — was stranded on Anguilla Cay.

A helicopter crew took the trio to Lower Keys Medical Center with no reported injuries, according to Coast Guard officials. They survived by eating coconuts.

They told the helicopter crew that their boat capsized nearly five weeks ago and they were able to swim to the deserted island, according to the Sun Sentinel. It was not clear if they were migrants trying to make it to the U.S. or another country, or if they were fishermen lost at sea.

U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Brandon Murray told the Sun Sentinel it was incredible that these people survived.

“I cannot recall a time that we saved people who were stranded for over a month on an island,” he said. “That is a new one for me.”

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