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Sailors rescued from Pacific island after writing giant SOS sign in the sand

Three Micronesian sailors have been rescued from an uninhabited Pacific island.

Rescuers onboard the Australian Canberra helicopter found them after discovering a giant SOS sign that the sailors wrote into the sand.

The sailors have been missing for nearly three days.

According to the Australian Defence Forces, the sailors intended to travel to Pulap atoll when they sailed off course and ran out of fuel.

The island was located nearly 200km west of where they originally set off.

The alarm was raised on Saturday when the sailors failed to complete their trip from Poluwat to Pulap atolls.

The men were in good condition and were provided with food and water by a helicopter which landed on the beach.

The men were then picked up by a Micronesian patrol vessel.

In response to the incident, Captain Terry Morrison (Canberra’s commanding officer) stated “I am proud of the response and professionalism of all on board as we fulfil our obligation to contribute to the safety of life at sea wherever we are in the world,”.

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