Their horrendous ordeal began when the family of eight's 22-foot boat ran out of fuel on a trip to a nearby island.
Ocean Encounter, a U.S. fishing ship, ended up rescuing the men two months later near the South Pacific island, Nauru. Two of the seven men that were rescued unfortunately passed away from severe malnutrition before the rescue vessel could reach proper medical assistance. The eighth passenger, a 15-year-old boy, drowned before the rescue boat arrived after jumping into the water to recover a shirt that had blown away.
"When we ran out of food we began to collect driftwood and coconuts that we found floating in the ocean," 29-year old Nick Sales, one of the five survivors, told the Daily Telegraph. "We would dry the wood in the sun and eat it. If we had coconuts, we would break them open, drink the juice and eat the meat inside.
Sales said the men would dry the coconut shells and eat them too -- and if lucky, occasionally caught and ate crabs.
The malnourished survivors are currently being treated at a hospital in Majuro, part of the Republic of the Marshall Islands.
[Via The Daily Telegraph]