Australian maritime authorities have rescued eleven Indonesian fishermen from a tiny island after being stranded for six days without food or water. The men survived without food or water for nearly a week before being spotted by an Australian Border Force aircraft during a planned surveillance mission prompting the dispatch of a rescue helicopter. Recall that the Australian Maritime Safety Authority had stated that two fishing boats were destroyed last week by, Tropical Cyclone Ilsa; one of the strongest storms to hit Western Australia in more than a decade. The first group of 11 men swam to shore on the remote Bedwell Island, a stretch of sand in the Rowley Shoals, about 300 kilometres west of Broome on the northwestern Australian coast, however, there are fears nine others may have drowned.

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