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11 from Shanghai rescued from South China Sea adventure

ELEVEN Shanghai tourists were rescued yesterday after they were stranded for two days on an island in the South China Sea, today's Youth Daily reported.
Their trouble began when the diesel engine of their rented fishing boat broke down, leaving them stranded on Xisha Island. Bad weather and high tides added to their woes.
These adventurers then asked for help through Weibo, the Chinese Twitter, as food and water on the boat were running low while it looked unlikely the engine would be fixed.
One tourist surnamed Shi said they had no idea about the condition of the boat, which had a backward navigation system, a rickety engine and no satellite phone. "It was risky," Shi admitted.
They were among a group of 24 thrill-seekers who were attracted by an online post about the exploration of islands in the South China Sea aboard a fishing boat. The trip started on New Year's Eve and they were supposed to return on Sunday.
The group was rescued by police yesterday.
Many pristine and untraveled islands in the South China Sea hold allure to tourists. But authorities said it takes time for tourism infrastructure to be built there to allow commercial tours.


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