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Beached seafarers found on a tiny island after SOS was written in sand were discovered by Australian pilots


Stranded seafarers are found on a tiny Pacific island after Australian pilots discovered their desperate SOS message written in the sand

  • The three men were stranded on the island after their boat ran out of fuel
  • The sailors drew a large SOS in the sand and hoped that someone would find them
  • They have been seen by Australian and US aircraft on Pikelot Island in the western Pacific

Three missing seafarers were found on a tiny island in the western Pacific after writing a large SOS message in the sand that was discovered by Australian pilots from the air.

The men were found on Sunday after missing three days and being "in good health," the Australian Department of Defense said.

Her call for help, which was written on Pikelot Island beach, 190 km west of her starting point on July 30, was seen by Australian and US aircraft.

The men were found on Sunday after missing three days and being "in good health," the Australian Department of Defense said

The men were reportedly sailing between the Poluwat and Pulap atolls, a 42 km trip when they got off course and ran out of fuel.

The Australian force was asked by the Guam Rescue and Coordination Center on August 1 to support a search and rescue operation after reports of missing men.

HMAS Canberra joined the operation when it returned to Australia and sailed overnight to reach the search area.

With the support of US Aircraft from Guam, HMAS Canberra localized the seafarers on the island.

An Army reconnaissance helicopter landed on the island and supplied the three men with food and water.

They confirmed the identity of the seafarers and checked whether they had suffered any injuries.

A Micronesian patrol ship, FSS Independence, sails to the island to pick up the men.

Her call for help, which was written on the beach at Pikelot Island, 190 kilometers west of her starting point on July 30, was seen by Australian and US aircraft (Image: The SOS message in the sand)

Her call for help, which was written on the beach at Pikelot Island, 190 kilometers west of her starting point on July 30, was seen by Australian and US aircraft (Image: The SOS message in the sand)

Commanding officer of Canberra, Captain Terry Morrison, said the shipping company's response to the operation was excellent.

"The shipping company responded to the call and quickly prepared the ship to assist with the search and rescue," said Captain Morrison.

In particular, our embarked MRH90 helicopter of Squadron No. 808 and the four armed reconnaissance helicopters of the 1st Aviation Regiment were instrumental in the morning search, which helped to locate the men, deliver supplies and confirm their well-being.

"I am proud of the responsiveness and professionalism of everyone on board as we honor our commitment to contribute to the safety of life at sea all over the world."

The only 450 meter long island of Pikelot belongs to the Carolines, a scattered archipelago in the western Pacific.

HMAS Canberra localized the three men and supplied the helicopter that took them to the beach

HMAS Canberra localized the three men and supplied the helicopter that took them to the beach

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