Coast Guard rescues trio stranded on island for 33 days, survives by eating coconuts

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard rescued two men and a woman who says they’d been stranded for 33 days on a deserted island between Florida and Cuba.

They waved flags to catch the attention of a Coast Guard helicopter crew that flew over the island while on a routine mission Monday. They survived by eating coconuts.

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued two men and a woman who says they’d been stranded for 33 days on a deserted island between Florida and Cuba. (Photo: USCGSoutheast)

The crew returned later Monday to drop water, food, and a radio. The Coast Guard returned to the island Tuesday to pick up the trio from Cuba.

They were taken to a hospital in the Florida Keys.

They told officials their boat had capsized and they swam to shore.

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