THREE castaways who survived on a deserted Bahamas island for over a month by eating coconuts have been rescued.
The two men and one woman were airlifted from Anguilla Cay by the US Coast Guard (USCG) on Tuesday.
The officers spotted people frantically waving flags on Monday during a patrol of waters around the island situated in between Cuba and Florida Keys.
The accidental islanders, who have not been named yet, were all Cuban nationals, according to the USCG.
They had become marooned on Anguilla Cay when they swam to shore about five weeks ago after their boat capsized.
USCG Petty Officer 2nd Class Brandon Murray said it wasn't immediately clear why they were in the boat in the first place.
Murray suspected they could have been fishermen lost at sea or migrants attempting to travel to the US.
"I cannot recall a time that we saved people who were stranded for over a month on an island," Murray told Sun Sentinel.
"That is a new one for me."
On Monday, when the group were first spotted, the helicopter crew delivered water, food and a radio.
The following day the USCG crew returned to airlift them and bring them to the Lower Keys Medical Center.
None of the islanders were injured, the USCG said.
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