Mexican Fisherman Lost at Sea for 11 Months!!!

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  1. vmfnb

    vmfnb Well-Known Member

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    Mexican fishermen found after 11 months at sea

    Wed Aug 16, 2006 8:16am ET
    SYDNEY (Reuters) - Three Mexican fishermen found drifting in the
    Pacific Ocean could have been lost for almost a year and two others
    were missing and presumed dead, the manager of a fishing company
    that rescued them said on Wednesday.

    Early reports suggested the fishermen had been lost at sea for about
    three months and drifted more than 8,000 km (5,000 miles) before
    they were found by a Taiwanese tuna fishing trawler in waters
    between the Marshall Islands and Kiribati on August 9.

    But Eugene Muller, manager of Koo's Fishing Co. Ltd in the Marshall
    Islands capital of Majuro, said it now appeared they had been at sea
    much longer than that in an extraordinary story of maritime
    survival.

    "The first report was three months, but after that we got some more
    word from the ship that it might have been since last September,"
    Muller told Reuters by telephone from Majuro.

    "It's a pretty long way from where they're from. It's more than
    three months," he said.

    The three men -- identified in media reports as Salvador Ordonez
    Vasques, Jesus Eduardo Vidana Lopez and Lucio Randon Bacerro -- are
    all from the town of San Blas on Mexico's Pacific coast.

    Muller said details of how the men survived remained sketchy because
    of language difficulties between the Mexican fisherman and the
    Taiwanese crew of the trawler that rescued them.

    He said it appeared the three men had survived on rain water, sea
    birds and fish they had been able to catch as they drifted in their
    25-foot-long (8 meter) fibreglass boat.

    "They were very skinny and very hungry," he said.

    Muller said there were five men aboard the boat when it set out from
    San Blas.

    "Two of them jumped overboard a few days into their ordeal," he
    said. No further details were available about the other two men, who
    were presumed dead, he said.

    It appeared their small fishing boat, equipped with two 200
    horsepower outboard motors, had suffered engine problems soon after
    it left San Blas.

    "It looks like they had engine problems because their motors had
    been dismantled and it seemed like they were trying to salvage parts
    from one to get the other one working," Muller said.

    The trawler which rescued the men was not expected to dock in the
    Marshalls for up to two weeks.

    Muller said Marshall Islands government officials had contacted the
    Mexican Embassy in New Zealand, which handles relations between the
    Marshalls and Mexico, to arrange for the repatriation of the
    fishermen.

    The Mexican embassy in Wellington said the matter was being handled
    by the Mexican foreign ministry in Mexico City and gave no further details.
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    ha...now thats what i call a long range trip!
     
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    Yeah i wonder what the rates are! i'm thinking 10,000 maybe a lil more for the 11 month trip. :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
     
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    I wonder if they will celebrate with a fishing trip.
     
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    Na crab and lobster dinner.
     
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    Wow! Too bad it wasn't the Tuna Trawler that was lost! :eek:
     
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    See I don't think I'd like to be lost like that. After all, I'd probably run out of beer in a few days!
     
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    11 months wow
     
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    Imagine what a woman looks like to them now!!! LOL!!!!!
     
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    I wonder who won the jackpot?
     
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    :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: we know it wasn't the 2 who fell off in the first 2 months or so. lol
     
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    All kiding aside, This could be any of us who go out in private boats or kayaks. Make sure you have a radio and GPS! It is much more fun when you come home that night.
     
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    You whining babies...... I would give anything for an 11 mo trip......;)
     
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    Daaaaaamn!! 11 months!!!!

    Thats longrange right there for sure!!
     
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    thats some serious range on outboards.
     
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    what do you do on a boat for 11 months with two guys !!!!!..... other than fish?????
     
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    I would prolly yak for 10 months and 29 days and fish the last day I was lost...LMAO!!!!
     
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    Wow thats a long time
    Bearfish: i love ur Avatar it's cute
     
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    LOL....yeah...like me aint it....LOL

    Actually that is about how I feel these days....ho hum....tired and waiting for some excitement to be afforded into my schedule. LMAO!!!
     

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