Castaway duo saved after SOS sand message spotted
TWO people stranded for a week on a remote Pacific island have been rescued after a search aircraft spotted their SOS message in the sand, the United States Coast Guard said yesterday.
The couple, who had "limited supplies and no emergency equipment", were found on uninhabited East Fayu island in Micronesia by a US Navy air crew, who discovered them on the beach near the makeshift sign, according to the coast guard statement.
The search team was responding to reports that someone on the island was using a flashlight to attract attention, the statement said.
"The search-and-rescue operation for Linus and Sabina Jack has been successfully completed," the US Embassy in Kolonia, Micronesia, posted on its Facebook page.
The couple had set out from Weno Island in Micronesia in a 5m boat on Aug 17.
The alarm was raised when they did not arrive at Tamatam Island the following day as expected.