Rescuers spot “Help” on the beach 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
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The men rescued in this tale of three castaways were not named Tom Hanks, or Gilligan or Robinson Crusoe. Though they might as well have been.
 
In a scene straight from Hollywood, a U.S. Navy plane spotted the word "help" spelled out in palm fronds on a beach. It was on a deserted island in the remote Pacific.
 
The three men had been missing for three days. A wave had overtaken the skiff they were traveling in. The men were found waving their orange life jackets on the tiny Micronesian island of Fanadik. The island is several hundred miles north of Papua New Guinea, officials said April 9.
 
The men's families reported them missing April 5 after they failed to show up at the Micronesian island of Weno, where they were traveling 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 and 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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Why was “Help” the perfect word?
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  • tuckere-bru
    4/18/2016 - 09:47 a.m.

    According to the article,"Rescuers Find the Word Help on a beach" there are several reasons why the word help was the perfect word.In the article 3 men were on a boat traveling to the Micronesian island of Weno when a huge wave capsized there boat leaving them on a deserted island.Their families realized they were gone when they failed to show up at the Micronesian Island of Weno. So while they were on the Island they made the word "help" out of palm tree leaves and waved their life jackets in the air until a helicopter or a boat shows up. A helicopter saw the word help and saw that maybe that was a signal for help so the pilot found people on the deserted island.So the word help was the perfect word because its signaled the pilot that there was people on the beach.

  • austinh-ver
    4/18/2016 - 01:53 p.m.

    Help is a perfect word because it was a scene strait from Hollywood.

  • averyd-ver
    4/18/2016 - 02:01 p.m.

    Help was the perfect word because it wasn't a long word and people could see it from higher up and they knew they needed help.

  • lyler-ver
    4/18/2016 - 02:03 p.m.

    Help was the perfect word because it would obviously get any persons attention if they saw it.

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  • sheilah-6-bar
    4/18/2016 - 06:22 p.m.

    'Help' was the perfect word to attract attention. The article states,"In a scene straight from Hollywood, a U.S. Navy plane spotted the word "help" spelled out in palm fronds on a beach. It was on a deserted island in the remote Pacific." The word 'help' draws attention. If the word was 'hi' or 'live' the boat would not have thought that they were people who needed help. They used a word that means exactly what they need. I found this article surprising because I though most people would use SOS to draw attention.

  • tiffanyf-1-bar
    4/18/2016 - 09:37 p.m.

    Help is the perfect word to use to alert planes and other flying vehicles that there is someone in trouble. This is because the word "help" is universally known as a signal for assistance. Anyone who sees this immediately understands someone is struggling. The article states,"In a scene straight from Hollywood, a U.S. Navy plane spotted the word "help" spelled out in palm fronds on a beach. It was on a deserted island in the remote Pacific." Films and other shows create an image of stranded people, which inevitably, will come in handy when there really is stranded people in real life. This article is interesting because I never really thought things like this existed outside of movies.

  • nickh-1-nic
    4/19/2016 - 08:03 a.m.

    So they new they were in trouble. This makes more since than saying "I need help" because that is a major time consumer. I think it is amazing how they were found though and they could survive.

  • kalebs-2-nic
    4/19/2016 - 08:08 a.m.

    Help was the perfect word because it signals that some one it their and its not just a weird formation or something. I wounder if the help is still their even with no one their and if someone were to see it and waist their time looking for nothing. I would probably be able to survive on a island i watch a lot of shows and play games that would teach me how.

  • stacys-1-nic
    4/19/2016 - 01:17 p.m.

    Help was the perfect word because it describes what the rescuers needed. This was an very interesting story in my opinion. I would help the people if they needed it and I was there.

  • theaw-4-bar
    4/19/2016 - 01:22 p.m.

    "Help" was the perfect word because it was what the men needed. They needed help. They needed to be rescued. "The men were found waving their orange life jackets on the tiny Micronesian island of Fanadik." This just proves that they needed help. I liked this article and found it interesting because I have always wondered how it would be like to be stranded on a desert island. I would like to handle a situation like that as well as they did, however I might write S.O.S instead.

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