three rescued island castaways spelled 'help' with palm fronds

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Source:   —  April 10, 2016, at 7:42 AM

Though they might as well have been. In a scene straight from Hollywood, or a New Yorker cartoon, a U. S. Navy plane spotted the word "help" spelled out in palm fronds on a shore on a abandoned island in the remote Pacific.

three rescued island castaways spelled 'help' with palm fronds

The men rescued in this tale of three castaways weren't named Tom Hanks, or Gilligan, or Robinson Crusoe. Though they might as well have been.

In a scene straight from Hollywood, or a New Yorker cartoon, a U. S. Navy plane spotted the word "help" spelled out in palm fronds on a shore on a abandoned island in the remote Pacific.

The three men, lost for three days after a wave overtook the skiff they were traveling in, were found waving their orange life jackets on the tiny Micronesian island of Fanadik, several hundred miles N of Papua New Guinea, executive said Saturday.

The men'south families reported them lost Tuesday after they failed to indicate up at the Micronesian island of Weno, where they were traveling from their residence island, Pulap.

"Fortunately for them, they were all wearing life jackets and were able to swim to the abandoned island," U. S. Coast Guard spokeswoman Melissa McKenzie said.

A local boat picked the men up and took them to a hospital. McKenzie said she didn't have information on the men'south condition Saturday, but executive told the WA Post they were not injured.

Two bulk carriers searched a combined seventeen hours for the men as portion of AMVER, a U. S. Coast Guard voluntary look for and rescue program. With AMVER, rescue coordinators can identify participating ships in the area of distress and ask them to help.

In the latest two weeks, fifteen people have been rescued in the Pacific with the assistance of ten AMVER vessels and six aircrews, the U. S. Coast Guard said.

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