3 men rescued from uninhabited island after their vessel was capsized by a large wave. (U.S. Navy photo by Ensign John Knight/Released)

 

3 men are feeling very thankful and lucky this weekend, after being rescued from a remote island in the Pacific by US Coasties.

The 3 men were tossed in the brink when a large wave swamped their boat and they were forced to swim to the closest island. Unfortunately, since the Pacific Island of Fanadik is uninhabited, the men were forced to get creative with their rescue plans.

U.S. Navy P-8A maritime surveillance aircraft located the men as they waved life jackets and stood next to a large ‘help’ sign made of palm leaves. (U.S. Navy photo by Ensign John Knight/Released)

 

The enterprising men, taking a page from a movie script, gathered palm fronds (which were plentiful) and formed the word “HELP” on the beach.

U.S. Navy P-8A maritime surveillance aircraft spots the makeshift ‘help’ sign on the uninhabited island of Fanadik. (U.S. Navy photo by Ensign John Knight/Released)

 

U.S. Coast Guard search and rescue with the help of AMVER vessels and U.S. Naval air support, spotted the makeshift sign with the castaway survivors waving wildly along side.

No injuries were reported. The rescued mariners are recovering from their adventure at home with their families.

 

posted by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

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