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Two Kiribati fishermen lost at sea for 7 days, found in six minutes

Two Kiribati fishermen lost at sea for days were found on Wednesday just six minutes into a search that targeted a massive patch of ocean, New Zealand rescue officials said. Search coordinator Mike Roberts described it as a “fantastic” outcome after a New Zealand Air Force Orion located the men 480 kilometres (298 miles) from Nauru, the nearest land, five days after they went missing. “I can’t recall another search being successful so quickly,” Roberts said, adding that the Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand determined the most likely area to look for the men who failed to return from a fishing trip on Friday. Rescuers had marked 43,000 square kilometres of ocean to scour for the operation. Read the rest here  16:31