The U.S. Navy rescued three men after spotting their message on a beach spelling out “HELP” with palm leaves on the uninhabited island of Fanadik.
The April 7 rescue came three days after the trio’s 19-foot skiff capsized after setting out to sea from Pulap, in Micronesia.
The Navy used a P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft operating out of Japan, to respond to the call for assistance from the U.S. Coast Guard.
A small boat was then sent from Pulap to recover the men.
The sailors reported their vessel was capsized by a large wave on April 4. Fortunately they had life preservers and spent the night swimming safely to the Fandadik Island, about four nautical miles from Pulap.