Two sailors from Zadar, Mario Radulić and Marko Birkić, have received praise for saving two fishermen who were stranded in the Pacific Ocean for up to 30 days. The fishermen, Etuati Rabaere and his friend, were on a fishing boat that lost its engine and drifted 300 miles away from their island of Nonouti.
The sailors of the tuna trawler “Marielle,” including one Mexican, seven Filipinos, 11 Micronesians, and two Croats, made a course correction to rescue the exhausted fishermen. Despite being too low to be detected by radar due to being in a small boat, the sailors spotted them from a great distance.
The fishermen had gone without proper food or water for 30 days and were on the brink of exhaustion when they were rescued. The sailors believe that their survival was due to the consistent rain that fell during the last 15 days of their ordeal. The crew gave them water and food little by little as they nursed them back to health.
Their actions are being celebrated as a great achievement by many people around the world. The crew has been praised for their bravery and selflessness in risking their own lives to save others. Their heroic deeds have inspired others to come forward with similar stories of survival against all odds.