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6 RESCUED FROM `RAFT’ IN PACIFIC

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Six men were rescued in the Pacific Ocean Friday after spending 40 hours clinging to the remains of their fishing boat, which sank about 50 miles off the coast of Maui, officials said.

The victims were reported in good condition suffering from mild dehydration and a few bruises, according to the Coast Guard. They had tearful reunions with their families and friends.Rescue aircraft and ships began searching for the 60-foot Sin Hung Wednesday night after another vessel picked up a distress call. A Coast Guard plane spotted an oil slick and debris on Thursday.

The Coast Guard cutter Washington followed the trail of debris and found the six victims Friday, clinging to a makeshift floatation device crafted from fishing buoys and debris.