Three men were rescued from a small Pacific island after writing a giant SOS sign in the sand which was spotted from above, authorities said.
The men had been missing in the Micronesian archipelago for nearly three days when their distress signal was spotted on the uninhabited island of Pikelot on Sunday by researchers aboard Australian and US planes, the Australian department said on Monday. of the defense.
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The men had apparently departed from Pulawat Atoll in a 20ft boat on July 30 and intended to travel about 30 miles to Pulap Atoll when they veered off course and ran out of fuel. , the department said.
Guam researchers have asked Australia for help.
The military ship, Canberra, which was returning to Australia after exercises in Hawaii, has turned to the region and joined with American researchers in Guam.
The men were found approximately 120 miles from their place of departure.
They were found in good condition and an Australian military helicopter was able to land on the beach and give them food and water.
A Micronesian patroller was to recover them.
SOS is an internationally recognized distress signal that originates from Morse code.