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November 26th, 2010
09:04 AM ET

First mate: Boys were ‘skin and bones’ when fishermen rescued them

(CNN) - Just over 50 days after three teenage boys got lost at sea, and two weeks after hundreds turned out to mourn them, the father of one of the teens rescued 240 miles from land said a traditional celebration is now in order."I couldn't believe my son and his boys were found again. Unbelievable," Tanu Filo, whose 15-year-old son Filo was among the survivors, told CNN Thursday in a telephone interview from his native Tokelau Islands. "I was on cloud nine. I was so joyful." The younger Filo and his cousins - Etueni Nasau, 14, Samu Pelesa, 15 - were famished, dehydrated, exhausted and sunburned when a crew member on a fishing boat two miles away spotted their 12-foot metal boat and alerted his superior.

Today on American Morning, we talk to Tai Fredricsen, the first mate of the fishing boat that rescued the three lost boys.

Live from Figi, Fredricsen tells the heroic rescue tale of how he saved the boys lost at sea in their aluminum dinghy.

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  1. Pablo Edwards

    This is really something! I have been watching the show "I shouldn't Be Alive" and this falls right in line with the stories there! Praise God that they are alive!

    November 26, 2010 at 9:59 am |