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Cyclone survivors wash up on atoll after two days adrift

November 5, 1997

SYDNEY, Australia (AP) _ Four survivors of a killer cyclone washed ashore on a South Pacific atoll today after two days adrift, Australian radio reported.

The four had put to sea in a small boat to escape Cyclone Martin, whose 13-foot-high waves washed away every home on their island of Manihiki.

Their boat grounded today on an atoll about 30 miles to the north of Manihiki, Australian Broadcasting Corp. said. They were taken to a hospital for treatment but were not seriously injured, the radio said.

The cyclone killed at least five people when it struck the northern isles of the Cook Islands, a self-governing former New Zealand territory halfway between New Zealand and Hawaii.

Rescue planes from New Zealand and the Cook Islands are searching for another 14 people still missing from the storm.

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