Authorties have said that three men have been rescued from an uninhabited Pacific island after their SOS message was spotted in large letters in the sand.
They had been missing for 3 days when their signal was seen on Pikelot island in the Micronesia archipelago by rescuers in US and Australian aircraft on Sunday.
They had set out in a boat from Pulawatt atoll 3 days earlier to navigate a 25 mile journey to Pulap atoll when they drifted off course then ran out of fuel said the Australian Defence Force.
Searchers from Guam asked the Australian Navy for help and the military ship Canberra, which had been returning from Hawaii was alerted and changed course to help out.
The commanding officer of the ship, Captain Terry Morrison, said that he was “proud of the professionalism and response of all on board as we undertook our obligation to contribute to the safety of lives at sea wherever we are in the world”. The men seemed to be in good condition, with an Australian military helicopter landing on the beach to give them food and water before a Micronesian patrol boat picked them up.
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