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A Russian man and his son landed a crippled yacht on a Thai island, saying they had survived nearly six months adrift without supplies, police and hospital sources said today.

The two said they had survived on fish and rainwater before running ashore Sunday on the southern island of Phuket.

Vladmir Medvedev, 44, and his son, Maxim, 16, told police they had set sail in their small yacht from Russia in August 1995 on an around-the-world trip.

The elder Medvedev told Reuters their stored food ran out nearly six months ago. After leaving Cape Town, South Africa, their last port of call, they ran into trouble in the Indian Ocean. Their yacht hit an unknown object, damaging their engine and leaving them adrift.

The Bangkok Post said the Russians had told a doctor they used telecommunications antennae as spears and rods to catch fish and prawns.

The doctor told the newspaper the two were underweight and dehydrated but otherwise healthy.

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