Three men were rescued from a deserted Pacific island after using palm fronds to write “HELP” in the sand. They had been stranded on the uninhabited island of Fanadik, in Micronesia, for three days, and the U.S. Coast Guard found the mariners on Thursday.
A spokesperson for the Coast Guard, Melissa McKenzie, said: “Our combined efforts coupled with the willingness of many different resources to come together and help, led to the successful rescue of these three men in a very remote part of the Pacific.” It has been reported that the men set out on a trip from Pulap on April 4, but their 19-foot skiff boat capsized after a wave crashed into it.
They were reported missing on Tuesday, after they failed to show up at the Micronesian island of Weno. Soon after, the Coast Guard received a call for a search and rescue mission, and two vessels conducted a combined 17-hour search of 178 miles, according to a press release.
A local boat recovered the three men from the island and took them to a hospital. McKenzie added that she didn’t have information on the men’s condition, but it has been reported that they were not injured.