A dozen Americans were rescued by helicopter after being stranded overnight in their swimwear on an island off the Senegalese capital, Dakar.
Rough seas left the 12 men and women stranded overnight after the wooden fishing boat that brought them to Ile de la Madeleine was unable to make the 2.5-mile crossing back to the mainland.
The skipper of a second fishing boat who made a rescue attempt was knocked unconscious when his boat capsized in the surging waves.
After spending the night in just their swimming gear and towels on the uninhabited rocky speck of an island renowned as the world’s smallest national park and a candidate for UNESCO listing as a World Heritage Site, the group was picked up by a Senegal Air Force chopper.
The stranded reportedly included four women and a group from the United States Embassy.