Cyclone strands fishermen on tiny island off WA coast for six days
A group of Indonesian fishermen survived six days without food or water – while another nine members of their group died – after a cyclone blew their ships off course and washed them onto a tiny island off the coast of Broome.
Remarkably, 11 survivors were recovered alive from the island on Monday in an incredible mission off the north coast of Western Australia.
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Eleven people survived almost a week without food or water. However, nine of the fishermen died.
The ships were caught in a category five cyclone last week that hit the region and knocked them off course.
One of the boats sank while the other washed ashore.
The surviving men were rescued Monday and taken to the mainland for medical attention.
The now ex-tropical cyclone crossed the north-west coast of Western Australia last Thursday as a Category 5 system, bringing record winds of 213 km/h and damaging isolated properties.
WA Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Darren Klemm said the full extent of the destruction could take days to assess.