(FILES) This file photo taken on May 28, 2016 shows the Tara scientific boat leaving the harbour of Lorient in western France to start a new expedition in the Pacific Ocean. / AFP / Fred TANNEAU
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A helicopter pilot scanning remote northern Pacific waters for tuna was stunned to find not one but two boats carrying castaways who had been adrift for weeks, it was reported Thursday.The pilot, operating the chopper from a trawler off the Marshall Islands, came across the boats by chance last week, leading to the rescue of three fishermen and a teenage boy, the Marshall Islands Journal reported.It said both boats had set off from Kiribati, about 650 kilometers (400 miles) away.
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