In a most miracle like event three men have been rescued from a tiny Pacific island after writing a giant SOS sign in the sand that was spotted from above
These three men had been missing in the Micronesia archipelago for nearly three days when their distress signal was spotted Sunday on uninhabited Pikelot Island by searchers on Australian and US aircraft, the Australian defence department said Monday.
These men had apparently set out from Pulawat atoll in a 7-meter (23-foot) boat on July 30 and had intended to travel about 43 kilometers (27 miles) to Pulap atoll when they sailed off course and ran out of fuel, the officials said.
The military ship, Canberra, which was returning to Australia from exercises in Hawaii, diverted to the area and joined forces with U.S. searchers from Guam. Then Searchers in Guam asked for Australian help.
Australian Army soldiers from 2nd Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment, operate zodiac inflatable boats after delivering food and supplies to three stranded mariners from the Federated States of Micronesia following a search and rescue mission, on Pikelot Island, Micronesia August 3, 2020
Then these men were found about 190 kilometers (118 miles) from where they had set out.
I am proud of the response and professionalism of all on board as we fulfill our obligation to contribute to the safety of life at sea wherever we are in the world,” said the Canberra’s commanding officer, Capt. Terry Morrison, in a statement.
SOS is an internationally recognized distress signal that originates from Morse code.The expansion of this is Save Our Souls” and “Save Our Ship“.
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