Cyclone Ilsa: Stranded Indonesian fishermen rescued after six days barring food


Eleven Indonesian fishermen have been rescued after surviving for six days besides meals or water on a tiny island off Australia's coast.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority stated they have been airlifted to security on Monday from Bedwell Island, some 330km (205 miles) west of the city of Broome in Western Australia.

But 9 others are feared dead.

The survivors stated their two boats have been hit by means of the effective Tropical Cyclone Ilsa closing week, sinking one boat.

Nine of the 10 crew individuals on that vessel are nonetheless missing.

The sole survivor is pronounced to have been in the ocean for hours, clinging onto a jerry can, earlier than being picked up by means of the fishermen from the different boat, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) reported.

That boat was once pictured washed ashore on the small Bedwell Island.

The surviving fishermen have been in the end noticed with the aid of an Australian Border Force aircraft, and evacuated via a rescue helicopter to Broome, the place they are being handled in hospital.

They are "all suggested to be in suitable fitness in spite of their ordeal", a Border Force spokesperson said, as quoted through the ABC, including that the authorities was once now working to "repatriate the team as quickly as practical".

Cyclone Ilsa, the strongest storm in the place in about 14 years, hit Western Australia remaining week - however it spared populated areas from most important damage.

Bedwell island lies close to the Rowley Shoals - a collection of coral reefs off Western Australia's coast. 

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