Even in 2020 it is possible to have things go wrong on the high seas, as three travelers found out last week. They were heading, by boat, from Puluwat Atoll to go about 23 nautical miles to Pulap Island. They ended up getting stranded over 100 miles away from their original departure point.
Three Travelers Saved from a Deserted Island by Giant SOS
On July 30, three men set off in their 23 foot boat for what should have been a relatively short journey. However, when they never arrived at the their destination, the alarm went out to authorities that they were missing and a multi-national rescue took place.
They were spotted three days later on an island in Yap. They were spotted by a rescue flight, taking place aboard a KC-135 aircraft. The way they were spotted was the giant “SOS” that was scrawled in the sand, next to their beached boat.
The US Air Force dropped a radio and pack to the stranded mariners letting them know that help would be coming to them, courtesy of the Australian Navy and Army shortly.
What might have been a somewhat typical rescue was made a little more complicated due to the coronavirus and the desire to make sure that everyone’s health was protected. So, distance was observed as the crew of the HMAS Canbarra as they rescued the men and took them aboard to transport back to their families.
Three days of being stranded on a small island in the Pacific could not have been an easy thing, but fortunately the men were able to think of the SOS in the sand which ultimately was what drew attention to them and helped them to be rescued.
Featured image courtesy of the US Air Force