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Man rescued after being stranded on desert island for three days

A man has been rescued from Cay Sal in the Bahamas after his sailboat was 'unusable'.

A man was rescued from Cay Sal in the Bahamas after his sailboat was ‘disabled' (Image: US Coast Guard)

A 64-year-old man has been rescued after being stranded on a deserted island in the Bahamas for three days.

The US Coast Guard reported the rescue of a sailor stranded on Cay Sal for three days.

Cay Sal is an uninhabited island in the Cay Sal Bank, a large atoll made up of 96 islets about 30 miles off the coast of Cuba.

The islands are part of Bahamas territory, but the island nation has a deal with the US Coast Guard that allows it to periodically fly over the atoll to search for stranded Cuban migrants.

Coast Guard Sector Key West noticed the stranded Sailor after a flight crew saw a man firing flares from a “disabled” sailboat.

After being located, the Coast Guard flew a sentry plane over the island to drop food, fresh water and a radio to establish communications.

“The man informed the crew that he was stranded for three days after his ship was disabled during his voyage,” the Coast Guard said in a press release.

The seaman has been identified as a 64-year-old Bahamian national. It is not clear how his sailboat was disabled.

The security guards then diverted a ship, the cutter Paul Clark, to pick up the stranded sailor. He was then transferred to a Royal Bahamas Defense Force ship in good health.

“We are proud to have saved this man's life,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Dev Craig.

“This case is a perfect example of why you need to have the right safety equipment on your ship,” the official said. “Without seeing the flare-up, the case might not have had a successful outcome.”

Earlier this year, 11 fishermen in Indonesia survived for six days after being stranded on a remote island by a tropical cyclone.

The missing fishermen were eventually found on Bedwell Island – some 400 miles from the nearest town in Australia.

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