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Crew re-enacting famous Kon Tiki voyage rescued off Chile coast

Crew members re-creating the 1947 Kon Tiki voyage between South America  and Polynesia have been rescued at sea after their two balsa rafts were swept up in strong currents off the coast of Chile.

Raft used in a re-creation of the Kon Tiki Voyage.
Raft used in a 2006 re-creation of the Kon Tiki Voyage. Image by Mrs. Gemstone / CC BY-SA 2.0

The Kon Tiki 1 and 2 vessels set sail from Easter Island toward Valparaíso, but ended up 994 miles west of Puerto Montt  in southern Chile. The group undertook the voyage to document marine life, climate change and pollution in the Pacific. Among the crew were nationals of Norway, Peru, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia and Sweden  Read more: latino.foxnews.com