Castaway on a brandnew island

Nuku'lofa, 7 July - Ian Argus Stuart, a former British entrepreneur, has spent 11 days on Hunga Tonga island, a newly formed volcanic island off Tonga. According to the Australian ABC News Digital the 65-year old survived his stay on the bare island on squid, bird eggs and

coconuts that washed ashore. 

"It's an amazing place. It must have been what the world was like when it first started", he told ABC. "It's made up of grit and lava ash compressed together. When you try to climb the volcano, it comes off on your hand all the time."

Stuart got to the island with the help of a fishing boat and a travel company specialising in "castaway" experiences. He spent most of his time scouring for food. But most of all he was amazed by how fast new life was developing on the newest island on earth. "There's hundreds and hundreds of newborn chicks on the island now. The place is swarming with birds. 

It's really amazing, you've got life already starting there. There's green shoots even just three months on."                                                                           Photo: Ian Argus Stuart                                                                                                                                     





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