According to Boston News, Three sailors from a Dutch cargo ship were rescued from a deserted island hours after getting lost in foggy conditions after going out for a night of drinking.
The men left their ship, the Alana Evita, moored about 2 miles from shore, and headed to the coastal town of Barry in a rigid inflatable boat.
On March 20, they left a bar around 3:45 a.m to return to their ship and got lost in dense fog blanketing the Bristol Channel.
An “extensive” search began after the men, who are Russian, Dutch and Philippine nationals, were reported missing for a 7 a.m. check-in.
The search included five Royal National Lifeboat Institution vessels and a Coastguard helicopter.
The stranded sailors were very cold but found safe on Flat Holm Island around 8:30 a.m.
Discovered on a deserted island
“They were very lucky we were here,” Richard Twinning, an ecologist and the island’s only inhabitant. “We are only on the island three weeks out of four and on that fourth week, it is uninhabited. I asked the men if they would be in trouble with the captain when they got back and one very sheepishly told me, ‘I am the captain.’”
Twinning gave the men blankets and offered them hot tea and porridge. Then he called rescuers who met the men back at the beach. They were taken back to Barry and later returned to their ship.
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