3 Men Rescued From Remote Pacific Island After Writing Giant 'SOS' in Sand

If only the folks on Gilligan's Island had thought of this - the show would've been a lot shorter.

A group of three sailors who found themselves stranded on a tiny island in the Pacific Ocean were rescued last week after they created an enormous SOS sign in the sand that was spotted by search crews, authorities said Monday.

According to the Australian Defense Department, the three men were missing in the Micronesia archipelago for nearly three days until their distress signal was spotted Sunday by searchers on Australian and U.S. aircraft.

The group was discovered on an uninhabited island, known as Pikelot Island, after they set sail from Pulawat atoll in a 20-foot boat on July 30th. Their original destination was about 30 miles away from their starting point, but rescuers found them about 120 miles away from where they had set out.

All three were in good condition. An Australian military helicopter was able to land on the beach and provide them food and water while they waited for a Micronesian patrol vessel to come pick them up.

Photo: Australian Defense Department

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