These three men were traveling in a skiff near the Pacific Island of Fanadik. It was after sunset when a large wave overturned and swamped their vessel. In the dark and with only a rough idea of the direction they should aim for, they swam nearly 2 miles before making it to the island.
They didn’t waste any time being thankful to have made it. They immediately began gathering foliage and debris to create a large sign that read “HELP” and waited for rescue.
They knew that they would be missed. A search and rescue team searched for 17 hours, but it wasn’t until the 3rd day that anyone spotted the sign.
The men used their neon orange life vests to help signal the Navy search team, and they were finally rescued! They were taken to the island of Pulap – their original destination – in a small boat.
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,” said Lt. William White, a Sector Guam public affairs officer.
What a terrifying ordeal! The story has people wondering what they would do if they found themselves in this unique position. How many people know how to build a fire, or find fresh water? What about food and shelter? It’s a lot to contemplate, and after reading this story, it’s obvious that the very first thing that anyone should do is to write “HELP” in giant letters on the beach!
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