Three men were dramatically rescued…in a scene that could be straight from Hollywood!
A U.S. Navy plane spotted the word “help” spelled out in palm fronds on a beach on a deserted island in the remote Pacific.The three men, missing for three days after a wave overtook the skiff they were travelling in, were found waving their orange life jackets on the tiny Micronesian island of Fanadik, several hundred miles north of Papua New Guinea, officials said yesterday.The men’s families reported them missing Tuesday after they failed to show up at the Micronesian island of Weno, where they were travelling from their home island, Pulap. Fortunately, they were all wearing life jackets and were able to swim to the deserted islandaccording to official reports.
A local boat picked the men up and took them to a hospital and officials say they were not injured. Previously, two bulk carriers searched a combined 17 hours for the men as part of AMVER, a U.S. Coast Guard voluntary search and rescue program. With AMVER, rescue co-ordinators can identify participating ships in the area of distress and ask them to help. In the last two weeks, 15 people have been rescued in the Pacific with the help of 10 AMVER vessels and six aircrews, the U.S. Coast Guard said.
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