(NEW ZEALAND) -- Three teenage boys who were assumed dead are alive after surviving 50 days lost at sea in the South Pacific, reports the BBC.
Crew members aboard a tuna fishing boat Wednesday spotted the boys -- Edward Nasau, 14, and 15-year-olds Samu Perez and Filo Filo -- near Fiji and has taken them to a hospital for treatment of severe sunburn.
The boys, who went missing in a small aluminum boat during a sporting event on Oct. 5, said they survived by eating coconuts and a seabird.
A memorial had been held for the boys, who had been presumed dead following unsuccessful searches by the New Zealand Air Force.
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