Fishermen survive 16-hour swim

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Eight Indonesian fishermen believed to be dead were found safe after a whale they harpooned sank their boat off the island of Lembata.

The traditional whale hunters were fishing in a wooden boat when their vessel was dragged into the deep by a killer whale they were battling.

Of the crew of 12, four managed to swim to shore straight away, but the other eight disappeared underwater with the vessel and whale, the Jakarta Globe reports.

"We hunt these whales only for food for the village and it's sad that we appear to have lost these people when they were going about a necessary task," Lamalera village chief Yoseph Dasion said when their fate was unknown.

Click here for the full report by the International Business Times.

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