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Use the news: Survival while stranded

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Lesson for grades 5-8

For year and years, books and movies have explored what it would be like to be stranded on a desert or tropical island. This winter, three people from the Caribbean nation of Cuba got to see what that was like firsthand after their boat was wrecked in a storm. They survived for 33 days on an uninhabite­d island in the Bahamas before they were spotted by a U.S. Coast Guard plane and rescued. They had survived by eating coconuts, conch seafood and rats, the Coast Guard said.

The stranded people — two men and a woman —


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New York Times newspaper reported. They were taken to a hospital in Key West, Florida, and then turned over to U.S. Border Patrol and U.S. Immigratio­n and Customs authoritie­s. They did not have any injuries.

The people stranded on the Bahamas island had to be resourcefu­l to survive in a difficult situation.

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