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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Kids Spend Rough Night Out at Sea

VLADIVOSTOK, Far East -- Two small children spent the night in a leaky rubber boat on the open sea in Russia's Far East, mopping up water with a T-shirt and wringing it out overboard, until searchers found them Tuesday.

Yulia Shestakova, 7, and Misha Terekhin, 5, were playing in an old boat lying on the shore of the Amur Bay, on the Sea of Japan, while Misha's grandfather was basking in the sun, drunk.

The man didn't notice that the boat had drifted far out to sea. He tried unsuccessfully to swim after the boat, but then waited for several hours before contacting police, Itar-Tass reported, citing local officials.

Police spent the night plying the sea and launching flares. When they were found, Misha told rescuers that he thought the flares were fireworks.