In the Pacific Ocean, two brave sailors from Zadar, Mario Radulić and Marko Birkić, are being praised for their heroic efforts in rescuing two stranded fishermen. The crew members of the tuna trawler “Marielle” had been sailing for days when they spotted the exhausted fishermen adrift in a small boat that was too low to be detected by radar.
The captain of the ship, Mario Radulić, recounted how they quickly made a course correction to rescue them. The fishermen, Etuati Rabaere and his friend, were on the brink of exhaustion and dehydration when they were rescued. They had gone 30 days without proper food or water and were only surviving by drinking rainwater and eating raw fish.
The sailors believe that their consistent rainfall during those final 15 days kept them alive until they were found. When they were brought on board the tuna boat, the crew had to give them water and food little by little as they nursed them back to health. The 21-member crew of the “Marielle” includes one Mexican, seven Filipinos, 11 Micronesians, and two Croats who are being hailed for their bravery in saving the lives of these two lost fishermen.
Their actions have been celebrated as a great achievement by many people worldwide who admire their selflessness and quick thinking in saving others’ lives at sea.