One of the best #longreads I’ve come across in the last two years, Here Be Monsters by Michael Finkel is the story of three Tokelau teenagers who snuck away from their island one night after a few drinks.
The dinghy appeared empty, another bit of the ocean’s mysterious flotsam. But then, as the big ship was approaching, something startling happened. From the bottom of the tiny boat, emerging slowly and unsteadily, rose an arm – a single human arm, skinny and sun-fried and waving for help.
There were, as it turned out, three people on the boat. Three boys. Two were 15 years old and the third was 14. They were naked and emaciated. Their skin was covered with blisters. Their tongues were swollen. They had no food, no water, no clothing, no fishing gear, no life vests, and no first-aid kit. They were close to death. They had been missing for fifty-one days.
Read the story at GQ.
Image credit: Ingvar Kenne