This photo provided by U.S. Navy released April 7, 2016 shows two men waving life jackets and looking on as a U.S. Navy P-8A maritime surveillance aircraft discovers them on the uninhabited island of Fanadik. (U.S. Navy/Ensign John Knight via AP)
Rescuers spot “Help” on the beach
April 15, 2016
In a scene straight from Hollywood, a U.S. Navy plane spotted the word "help" spelled out in palm fronds. The word could be seen on a beach. The beach was on a deserted island in the remote Pacific Ocean.
The three men had been missing for three days. A wave had overtaken the small boat they were traveling in. The men were found waving their orange life jackets on the tiny Micronesian island of Fanadik. It is several hundred miles north of Papua New Guinea, officials said April 9.
The men's families reported them missing April 5. The men had failed to show up at the Micronesian island of Weno. They were traveling there from their home island, Pulap.
"Fortunately for them, they were all wearing life jackets and were able to swim to the deserted island," U.S. Coast Guard spokeswoman Melissa McKenzie said.
A boat picked the men up and took them to a hospital. Officials told The Washington Post the men were not injured.
Two cargo ships searched a combined 17 hours for the men as part of AMVER. It is a Coast Guard voluntary search and rescue program. With AMVER, rescue coordinators can identify participating ships in the area of distress and ask them to help.
In the last two weeks, 15 people have been rescued in the Pacific with the help of 10 AMVER vessels and six aircrews, the Coast Guard said.
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