February 12, 2021

3 People Were Rescued after Spending 33 Days on an Uninhabited Island — Details Revealed

Share this pen


Two males and one female were recently rescued by the nation's Coast Guard after spending thirty-three days on Aguilla Cay, an uninhabited island in the Bahamas. 

The US Coast Guard Southeast shared to Twitter some groundbreaking news regarding their most recent experience. In the post, they detailed that the Cuban nationals had been discovered stranded after spending more than a month in Aguilla Bay.

They were immediately transferred via a helicopter crew to Lower Keys Medical Center, where they were reported to be healthy with no serious injuries.

Seawater splashed on rocks on the shore. | Photo: Pexels


Sources confirmed that the Cubans reached out for help after spotting an aircraft in the area. The trio was successful in flagging down the aircraft, which was from the Coast Guard airbase in Opa-Locka, Florida.

Lt. Justin Dougherty, who was part of the Coast Guard, explained that the pilot took note of the different flag colors in the area. While this caught his attention, he motioned to get a closer look, only to realize that it was a call for help.

A surfer on the ocean | Photo: Pexels


The rescue crew initiated communication with the trio and soon understood that they were involved in a boat crash due to the rough tides.

They were left with supplies and had to remain there due to the weather conditions until Tuesday when the Coast Guard rescue team made their way to the uninhabited island.


US Coast Guard officials also gathered that the stranded individuals survived the accident by swimming to the shores of the nearest island they could find.

Last year, three mariners who were stranded on an uninhabited Pacific island were found.

The Cuban survivors looked healthy even though they had spent thirty-three days feeding on coconuts and meats from conch shells and rodents.

Dougherty confirmed that they were in great shape and admitted to have been blown away, especially after knowing the content of their diet. 

A man standing on the rock near an ocean | Photo: Pexels


However, a source revealed that if it had taken longer for them to be found, they may not have survived due to the absence of fresh water.

Sean Connett, command duty officer at Coast Guard Seventh District, weighed in on the issue a few hours after the rescue operation. He explained that it was hectic as it involved different units and assets. 

A man in the ocean with a shark | Photo: Pexels


However, he was thankful that good communications were established and that everyone was checked into a medical center before the situation changed for the worse.

This is not the first time that such a case would be making the news. Last year, three mariners who were stranded on an uninhabited Pacific island were found.

An octopus under the sea. | Photo: Pexels

The trio were experienced in establishing communication, so they sent out an "SOS" message inscribed on the sand when they could no longer find their way home.

The US Airforce responsible for the rescue search mentioned that they had reached the end of their search but decided to check an Island that led them to the mariners.