It doesn't just happen in the movies. On Sunday August 2, Australian and American military planes were able to spot castaways, missing for 3 days, thanks to a huge " SOS " written on the sand of an island in Micronesia.
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Three men had embarked on a 42 kilometer journey between the atolls of Polawat and Pollap, aboard a small skiff. But, as the BBC reports , after deviating nearly 200 kilometers for lack of fuel, the sailors eventually ran aground on uninhabited Pikelot Island, west of their original destination. The American authorities of the territory of Guam had launched searches as of Saturday, without success.
They were finally found safe the next day, thanks to the huge “SOS” they had drawn on the beach. " They are in good condition, " said the Australian army, stressing that none of the castaways had worrying injuries. A helicopter from the HMAS Canberra ship came to bring them food and water, before a Micronesian patroller came to pick them up and take them home.