An Astonishing 'Castaway' Rescue in the Pacific

An Astonishing 'Castaway' Rescue in the Pacific

Boatmen missing for three days were found safe, as in something straight out of fiction. The three men captured the attention of a passing U.S. Navy plane by waving their orange life jackets.



They had also spelt out the word "help" in palm fronds on the deserted island beach. They were seemingly inspired by the 2000 Tom Hanks’s movie "Cast Away," for their leafy inscription in the sand.



The boaters had taken off three days before from their home island, Pulap to the Micronesian island of Weno. The three men were stranded on an uninhabited Pacific island after their 19-foot skiff capsized by a large wave. 



The three men swam the entire night to reach the island. The island is part of the Federated States of Micronesia, an archipelago of more than 600 islands.



A Navy aircrew from Misawa Air Base in Japan came across the trio, drawn by their palm fronds and frantic waving. The rescue effort marked the US Coast Guard’s seventh in the area in 3 months saving 15 lives.
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