Oddly Enough

Fishermen rescued after 3 months in sea

BHUBANESWAR, India (Reuters) - Three Myanmar fishermen who say they spent nearly three months adrift at sea in a raft after their boat was destroyed in a cyclone were rescued off the east Indian coast on Wednesday, police said.

Local fishermen spotted the trio drifting aimlessly near the resort town of Gopalpur in a bamboo raft, Siba Sankar Mohapatra, a senior police officer said.

“They lived on turtles and fishes for food after they were separated from three other groups in the sea,” Mohapatra said after questioning the trio.

Cyclone Sidr smashed into the coast of southern Bangladesh on November 15 with 250 kph (155 mph) winds that whipped up a five-meter (16-foot) tidal surge.

At least 3,000 people died in Bangladesh under its impact.

The three fishermen, who said they set sail from their country on November 11 got hair cuts, food and new clothes from authorities who are planning to send them back home soon.

Writing by Bappa Majumdar; Editing by Alistair Scrutton