Two people were rescued from an uninhabited island in the Pacific Ocean after writing “SOS” in the sand.
The couple departed Weno Island in the Federated States of Micronesia on Aug. 17 “with limited supplies and no emergency equipment on board” their 18-foot boat, according to Coast Guard News. They never arrived at their final destination, Tamatam Island, as expected on Aug. 18.
The U.S. Coast Guard command center in Guam was alerted on Aug. 19 that the couple was missing.
A British AMVER vessel spotted flashing lights on an island, and when a U.S. Navy aircraft went to investigate, they spotted the SOS message written in the sand.
After a seven-day search of 16,571 square miles that involved 14 AMVER vessels, two aircraft crews, and one FSM National Police Patrol boat the couple was found on the uninhabited island of East Fayu in Chuuk State.
On Aug. 25, they were rescued from the island by a patrol boat and taken to nearby Nomwin Atoll.
The mariners have been identified by the U.S. Embassy in Kolonia as Linus and Sabina Jack, according to the Daily Mail. Both are in their 50s.
Micronesia is located 2,500 miles southwest of Hawaii, according to Trails. Of the more than 2,000 islands that make up the area, 607 belong to the Federated States of Micronesia, of which only 65 are inhabited.