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Three Men Stranded On An Island In Hawaii Saved After Writing “HELP” In The Sand

By Ace Nichols
April 11, 2016

After being stuck on a deserted island in the Pacific for three days, these three men wrote “HELP” in the sand and were found and rescued on Thursday.

According to the U.S. Coast Guard Hawaii’s Facebook page, the guys headed out on April 4th on a trip from Pulap, an island located on the Federated States of Micronesia, when a wave hit their 19-foot boat and flooded it with water.

A press release stated that a search and rescue mission began at 11 a.m. on Tuesday after the U.S. Coast Guard received a call sending two ships on a 17-hour search of almost 180 miles.

A Navy crew from the Japanese air base joined in on the search and rescue mission on April 7th, who wound up spotting the men holding life jackets up in the air around the sign for “HELP” they had drawn in the sand using palm fronds. A vessel was then sent to this remote Pacific island to successfully rescue the three men.

On their Facebook page, Coast Guard officials went on to say that the “ingenuity of these men to build their sign and the preparedness of having lifejackets also contributed to their safe rescue.”

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