'SOS' In Sand Helps Save Stranded Couple On Uninhabited Micronesian Island

US Navy: couple had limited supplies and no emergency equipment on board their 5.5-metre boat

MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, August 28, 2016) – A week-long search for two people stranded on an uninhabited Micronesian island ends as they are rescued after writing "SOS" in the sand.

A couple who was stranded on an uninhabited island in the Federated States of Micronesia has been rescued after writing "SOS" in the sand. 

This ends a week-long search for Linus and Sabina Jack, who had left Weno Island on August 17 and were due to arrive on Tamatam the next day but did not turn up.

A US ship reported seeing flashing lights from island in Chuuk State and reported it to the Navy, who organised a flyover.

During the flyover, crew spotted the "SOS" sign on the beach and the survivors nearby.

The crew reported it to the search and rescue coordinators at Coast Guard Sector Guam and a patrol boat picked up the couple.

The US Navy says the couple had limited supplies and no emergency equipment on board their 5.5-metre boat.

During the seven-day search for the couple, the Coast Guard covered nearly 43,000 square kilometres.

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