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Seeing Smoke on a Deserted Island, Lost Group Was Found

If you grew up in the US, chances are you were given William Golding’s classic Lord of the Flies to read in English class. If not, then you’re probably at least familiar with its story of a group of boys stranded on a deserted island. For many, it was an unsettling reminder that an innocent child can turn brutal under the wrong conditions.


Mano Totau 1966. Source: Twitter

In 1965, off the coast of Tonga, a real group of boys set out for a summer adventure that ended up lasting over a year. The boys’ situation, which initially mirrored Lord of the Flies, ultimately saw a much happier outcome. Luckily for them, a fisherman was in the right place at the right time. It all started in June of 1965, when six Tongan boarding-school students – Sione, Stephen, Kolo, David, Luke and Mano — needed a change of scenery…