These Castaways Harnessed Their Inner Chuck Noland When They Needed To Be Rescued

These Castaways Harnessed Their Inner Chuck Noland When They Needed To Be Rescued

Three men found themselves stranded on Fanadik Island, which is part of the Federated States of Micronesia, earlier this month.

They were traveling from the island of Pulap when a massive wave overturned their 19-foot boat. Because the world is a terrible place and nothing is fair, they then had to swim two miles in total darkness until they reached dry land.

The following morning, they pulled off a movie-worthy stunt that would make Chuck Noland from “Cast Away” proud.

The U.S. Coast Guard received a search request on Tuesday, April 5, at which point they sent out a rescue team to locate the unlucky mariners.

After a few days, the stranded men started panicking, so they gathered some palm fronds and got down to business.

Channeling every search-and-rescue movie in the history of forever, they spelled out “HELP” in the sand and started flailing their arms at the sky.

According to a Coast Guard press release, the men were found after a Navy P-8 Madfox 807 aircrew from Misawa Air Base in Japan spotted the clever castaways. I feel like they probably weren’t enthused when the rescue crew showed up with an even smaller boat than the one that failed them the first time, but such is life, I guess.

I’m going to try this when Monday rolls around.

Eat your heart out, Noland.

(via BuzzFeed)

If you’re having a tough day, just remember that you could be writing with palm fronds in Micronesia right now. It’s all a matter of perspective, friends.

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