Two fishermen from Kiribati were rescued after surviving almost four weeks adrift in the Pacific, surviving on raw fish and rain water, a report said Wednesday.
American Samoa-based fishing vessel Pacific Princess picked up the pair almost 700 kilometres (435 miles) from their island home, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported.
Pacific Princess skipper Alfred Canepa said he found the men after spotting what appeared to be a small flock of birds on his radar while searching for tuna.
"I went to go check on my boat and luckily I turned that way to check them and we found this small boat with two men adrift at sea, lost," he said.
Canepa said the men, aged 20 and 40, had been fishing in a small aluminium boat when their outboard engine gave out and currents swept them out to sea.
He said they were malnourished after three weeks and five days at sea when they were found and would not have survived much longer in the open ocean.
"It's a hell of an ordeal, believe me," he said.
"Once they were taken on board I gave them water straight away ... it was a dry spell, they weren't getting much rain and what happened was they started drinking salt water and that's lethal.