Sailors Rescued From Remote Island After Writing 'HELP' Using Palm Fronds
Castaway actually happened in real life except it was only for three days and as far as we know, Tom Hanks was not involved.
Three men had to be rescued from a tiny Pacific island after their boat capsized during a routine three-hour sail from Weno Island to Chuuk, in Micronesia.
It's important at this stage to remind ourselves that Tom Hanks was not involved.
The sailors were headed to Weno Island from Pulap when their 19-foot flat-bottomed boat capsized due to swelling waves.
They then had to swim two miles to shore in the middle of the night before spelling out 'HELP' using palm fronds and just waiting to be found.
The US Coast Guard was alerted to the missing men when they missed a flight from Chuuk, according to CNN.
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Four Coast Guard ships used radar to track the sailors' route and 17 hours later the men were found on Fanadik Island thanks to their waving of their life jackets and the huge 'HELP' sign.
The men reportedly felt like they would never see their loved ones again as they were stranded for three days on one of 600 islands that make up the Federated States of Micronesia.
A Navy P-8 aircrew launched from Japan to help locate the missing sailors managed to snap shots of the rescue.
Apparently the men are all now rested and recovered on the island of Pulap and are said to be in good spirits.
We've contacted Tom Hanks for comment but he has yet to respond.
Images credited to: US Pacific Fleet