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.
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.