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A Couple Tread Water in the Middle of the Ocean for Three Whole Days Before Being Rescued

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Benjamin Ng was swept out to sea with his partner Pei whilst paddle boarding (Picture: Facebook)

A couple was forced to tread water for three days in the middle of the ocean after passing boats ignored them screaming for help.

Benjamin Ng and his partner Pei, from Brisbane, Australia, were swept out to sea whilst paddle boarding around North West Island, off the coast of Central Queensland, last Saturday.

It wasn’t until the following Monday that the pair were saved by fisherman Lorne Benussi and his dad Dennis- 55km away from shore.

However the couple saw at least four boats sail past them, all of which missed their cries for help, Daily Mail Australia reports.

Thankfully the Benussi’s heard their cries as they were getting ready for bed.

They rushed into their smaller boat to retrieve the couple who had lost their paddles in the waves shortly beforehand.

Mr Benussi told the Daily Mail: ‘The poor buggers had no energy, they were completely exhausted. They couldn’t even sit up.’

He added he had reached the couple just in time, as they appeared to be close to going under as help arrived.

The couple were dehydrated and could ‘barely sit up’ after being rescued (Picture: Facebook)

‘It was very fortunate they floated towards the coast otherwise it would be a completely different news story.’

The pair were then ill throughout the night, suffering from dehydration and having ingested too much salt water.

Mr Ng also ‘barely ate anything’ and ‘chucked up’ most of the water he drank.

The Benussi’s heard the couple’s cries whilst they were settling down to bed on their fishing boat (Picture: Supplied)

Due to low tides and poor phone reception, Mr Benussi waited until the morning to take the couple back to land.

The couple had arrived at North West Island, an off-grid site, for a three-night camping trip.

No one called the police to report their disappearance as they were not set to return from their trip until Tuesday.

Mr Benussi was anchored at Yellow Patch on Curtis Island when the couple drifted past (Picture: Google Maps)

His boat arrived at the Keppel Bay Marina in Yeppoon at 11 am on Tuesday.

The couple was taken by ambulance to Capricorn Coast Hospital and are said to be in a stable condition. 

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Paul Mescal Receives Apology From BBC After Broadcaster Makes Rather Awkward Blunder

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Irish actor Paul Mescal has been called British…again (Picture: Gilbert Flores/Variety via Getty Images)

His tweet clarifying his nationality may have been the most liked post in Ireland three years ago, but the BBC has had to apologise after getting a crucial fact about Oscar nominee Paul Mescal wrong.

Earlier this week the Irish actor was announced as one of the nominees for the upcoming Academy Awards.

The 26-year-old, who is from Maynooth, was given the nod for his leading role in indie flick Aftersun in the Actor in a Leading Role category.

In March, Paul will be going up against Austin Butler (Elvis), Brendan Fraser (The Whale), Bill Nighy (Living) and fellow Irishman Colin Farrell (The Banshees of Inisherin) in the prestigious category.

But when covering the nominations, the national broadcaster made a rather awkward error.

In text appearing on screen, the BBC reported: ‘2023 Oscar nominations: British actors Paul Mescal and Bill Nighy are nominated for leading role.’

The BBC has apologised for this mistake (Picture: eyeswideshut/ Twitter)

It has now apologised for the mistake, issuing a statement that read: ‘In text running across the screen we reported that Paul Mescal was one of two British actors who had been nominated for an Oscar for a leading role.’

‘The text should have said that Paul Mescal is Irish. We apologise for the mistake.’

When the mistake was made, plenty of people pointed it out and reminded the media outlet that Paul is very much Irish.

‘BBC news seems to not know Paul Mescal is IRISH,’ one person wrote.

Another added: ‘The BBC should know that Paul Mescal isn’t British.’

Plenty of people called out the BBC oversight (Picture: Twitter)

This person pointed out that Paul is very much Irish (Picture: Twitter)

Paul was one of several Irish Oscar nominees (Picture: Twitter)

It wasn’t the first time this has happened though.

Back in 2020, when Paul picked up an Emmy nomination for his breakthrough role in Normal People, outlets including The Guardian called him British.

It lead the actor to tweet ‘I’m Irish’, which ended up becoming the most-liked post in his home country that year.

Paul picked up an Oscar nomination for his starring role in Aftersun (Picture: A24 via AP)

The message quickly racked up over 130,000 likes as well as over 12,000 retweets and over 1,600 replies.

His Oscar nomination helped break a record for Ireland too, with the country securing 14 nominations in the upcoming awards ceremony.

Other actors to get nods included Barry Keoghan, Brendan Gleeson and Kerry Condon.

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When his nomination was announced Paul said it was ‘truly a special moment for everyone involved in Aftersun’.

‘To be recognised by the Academy is such an insane honour and I’m so utterly grateful.’

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How Many Legs Are in the Carabao Cup Semi-finals? All the Rules Explained

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Only four teams remain in the competition (Picture: Michael Regan/Getty Images)

The Carabao Cup semi-finals continue tonight with Nottingham Forest welcoming Manchester United at the City Ground.

The winner of the tie will face either Newcastle United or Southampton in the final at Wembley on February 26.

With the regulations changing from one competition to another, here is your full lowdown of the rules in play across the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup 2023.

Are the Carabao Cup semi-finals played over two legs?

Yes, the Carabao Cup semi-finals will take place over two legs.

Newcastle beat Southampton 1-0 in the first leg of the first semi-final on Tuesday night, with the return leg scheduled for Tuesday, January 31 at 8pm.

Southampton and Newcastle played out an entertaining first leg (Picture: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, Manchester United will host Nottingham Forest in the second leg of their semi-final on Wednesday, February 1 at 8pm.

VAR is in use for the first time in the Carabao Cup this season, having not featured in earlier rounds to ensure fairness across every tie.

Will extra-time and penalties be used in the Carabao Cup semi-finals?

If the score is level after the end of both legs then extra-time, and if required penalties, will be used to determine the winner.

This is the first time this season that matches finishing level in the Carabao Cup will head to extra-time, with ties previously proceeding straight to penalties in the event of a draw after 90 minutes.

The away goals rule will also not be in use for the two semi-finals.

The English Football League scrapped the rule ahead of the 2018/19, which up until that point only came into effect following the conclusion of extra-time.

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How many substitutes are allowed in the Carabao Cup?

Managers will be able to use up to five substitutes across three windows during the game (half-time not included).

An extra substitution is permitted in extra-time, whilst both teams can also use two concussion substitutes if required.


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