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Stranded Mariners Rescued From Island In Micronesia, Thanks To 'SOS' Etched In Sand

Added 08-05-20 12:07:01am EST - “U.S. and Australian responders spotted the three-person skiff crew on tiny Pikelot Island after they had been missing for nearly three days.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “Stranded Mariners Rescued From Island In Micronesia, Thanks To 'SOS' Etched In Sand ”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

In this photo provided by the Australian Defence Force, an Australian Army helicopter lands on Pikelot Island in the Federated States of Micronesia to rescue three stranded mariners who had been missing for nearly three days. HOGP/AP hide caption

In this photo provided by the Australian Defence Force, an Australian Army helicopter lands on Pikelot Island in the Federated States of Micronesia to rescue three stranded mariners who had been missing for nearly three days.

Three stranded mariners were rescued from a remote island in Micronesia on Monday after search crews spotted their "SOS" message written in the sand.

The three-person crew of a skiff had not been heard from since July 29, and were reported missing on July 31. The mariners were reportedly sailing a 23 nautical-mile journey from Pulawat to Pulap atolls in the Federated States of Micronesia, in the western Pacific, when they sailed off course and ran out of fuel.

Australian and U.S. military aircraft located the castaways on the beach of Pikelot Island on Aug. 1, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

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