3 men rescued from Pacific island thanks to “help” sign

A gigantic "help" sign spotted by a U.S. Navy plane helped three men in their rescue from a deserted Pacific island.

This photo provided by U.S. Navy released April 7, 2016 shows two men waving life jackets and look on as a U.S. Navy P-8A maritime surveillance aircraft discovers them on the uninhabited island of Fanadik. The three men were back to safety on Thursday, April 7, 2016, three days after going missing. (U.S. Navy/Ensign John Knight via AP)

HONOLULU (AP) — Officials say three men who had been missing for three days were rescued Thursday from a deserted Pacific island after a U.S. Navy plane spotted a gigantic “help” spelled out with palm leaves.

U.S. Coast Guard spokeswoman Melissa McKenzie said Saturday that the men were reported missing Tuesday by their families after they failed to show up at the island of Weno.

McKenzie says the men were traveling in a skiff between two Micronesian islands when they were capsized by a large wave a few hours after their departure on April 4th.  She said they spent the night swimming until they arrived at Fandadik Island which is four nautical miles from Pulap.

She says they were all wearing life jackets and were able to swim to the deserted island.

Two hours after being located, the men were picked up by a local small boat and taken to a hospital.

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