Three sailors who were lost for three days on a desert island in the Pacific Ocean were rescued by a Navy ship. They had already given up hope of seeing their relatives again, but when they saw the ship, they waved their orange life jackets and managed to catch the attention of the sailors, who also saw the call for help written with palm fronds on the shore.
The men reported that they were headed to Weno — a Micronesian island in the state of Chuuk — on a trip that would take approximately 3 hours when their boat capsized, forcing them to swim towards Fanadik, a desert island among the more than 600 islands of Micronesia.
According to Sara Mooer, spokesperson for the US Coast Guard, the men had to swim two miles to the shore at night. The Coast Guard was notified when the sailors didn’t show up for their flight in Chuuk, and four ships were deployed to search for them.
“The Coast Guard 14th District covers an area of responsibility more than 12.2 million square miles of land and sea, an area almost twice the size of Russia”.
“Oftentimes, we are thousands of miles away from those who need help and because of that our partnerships with the Navy, other search and rescue organizations, partner Pacific nations and AMVER are essential,” Jennifer Conklin, search and rescue mission coordinator at the Coast Guard Command Center Honolulu, said.
Mooer told CNN that since March 28 the US Coast Guard has carried out several search and rescue missions in the area, and managed to save 15 lives and that “The crew of a Navy ship that was in Misawa, Japan, launched at 6 am to help the Coast Guard, and two hours after, they found the missing men.”