Rescuees strike it rich

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OCT. 16 — Three Mexican fishermen rescued this summer near the Marshall Islands in the Pacific after they say they spent nine months adrift have been offered nearly $4 million by a U.S. company to turn the story into a movie.

The company, based in Atlanta, Ga., purchased the film and print rights to the story and is negotiating with major film studios to produce a film, the Associated Press reported. A city official in San Blas, the fishing village the men are from, told a Mexican newspaper that the men signed an eight-year contract with the company.

The men were spotted aboard a small disabled boat and were taken aboard a Taiwanese fishing boat, according to another Associated Press report. The men told authorities they survived by eating birds and raw fish and by drinking rainwater. To pass the time they said they read from the Bible, sang and played air guitar.

They also claimed they threw overboard the bodies of two other men who did not survive the ordeal, the report says. Skeptics said the men might have been drug smugglers who made up the story to avoid prosecution. Mexican government officials did not investigate the fishermen’s claims.

— Jason Fell