August 4, 2020

Beach SOS leads to rescue of sailors stranded on Pacific isle

Sydney (AFP) – Three Micronesian sailors stranded on a tiny island in the remote Western Pacific were rescued after Australian and US warplanes spotted a giant “SOS” they had scrawled on the beach, officials said.The Australian Defence Force said it found the men Sunday on tiny Pikelot Island, about 190 kilometres (115 miles) from where they set sail three days earlier.The men blew off course and ran out of fuel in a seven-metre (23-foot) skiff between two of the 600-plus islands and atolls that make up Micronesia.Alerted by the Pacific Rescue and Coordination Centre in Guam, US and Australian…


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