Icebox Preserves Fishermen

Two Burmese men survived 25 days at sea in a giant icebox after their fishing boat sank southeast of Indonesia.

They drifted hundreds of miles in shark infested waters before a Coastwatch plane spotted them off Australia.

They were eventually found about 60 nautical miles away in the Torres Strait, off Queensland, reports The Sun.

After being winched to safety, they told rescuers they had been forced to crew a 10m long Thai fishing boat.

When their vessel started to sink, the two survivors climbed into the icebox as other crew searched desperately for something to grab from the wreck.

It is believed the men survived by drinking rain water that gathered at the bottom of the box and by eating scraps of fish that were also in the container.

Emergency Management Queensland helicopter pilot Terry Gadenne told Channel 7 the men were ecstatic to see rescuers.

"When they got up they sculled two litres of water each within seconds. It's a bloody big ocean to be drifting around in," he said.

It is believed 11 other Burmese crew and seven Thais were on board but no others have been found.


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