A Taiwanese fishing vessel rescued the people behind Simbo after they drifted for seven days on the sea.
The 18 people included the wife and three children of Minister for Education and Human Resources, Dick Ha'amori.
They are currently recovering at the provincial capital Gizo after undergoing medical checkups.
Gizo Provincial Police Commander, John Rove said the boat left Bougainville on January 13.
"When they came close to Vela La Vela, they ran out of petrol and drifted toward South where Ranoggah and Simbo are situated," he said.
"They drifted until January 19 and behind Simbo a fishing boat from PNG found them just before darkness.
"The crew of fishing boat took them along with their boat and transported them to Gizo," PPC Rove said.
"But the ship just dropped them off closer to Gizo because it is still to sort out customs paper work.
"The fishing then gave them petrol and they travelled to Gizo and arrived 8am today (yesterday.)
"We gave them tea and took them to Gizo hospital for check up.
"The disaster organisation here has made arrangement for them to stay in Gizo Hotel as part of their recovery," he said.
The Solomon Star understands Minister Ha'amori flew to Gizo on Wednesday to follow up on the event.
He has reunited with his family yesterday.
Rove said the people told them they survived on mangoes and coconut that floated on the sea.
"We are not prepare for this problem because we thought it would be a one day trip to Gizo," the survivors told the police.
"We managed to eat mangoes we took from Bougainville and coconuts that floated on the sea," one of survivors said.
By EDDIE OSIFELO
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