Boaters Rescued From Uninhabited Island After Writing ‘SOS’ in Sand

The boaters were marooned on an island in Chuuk State, Federated States of Micronesia

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A pair of mariners stranded on an uninhabited Pacific island for a week were rescued by a U.S. Navy air crew on Friday after writing "SOS" in the sand, NBC News reported.

The boaters were marooned on an island in Chuuk State, Federated States of Micronesia, on Aug. 19 with limited supplies and no emergency equipment on board, the U.S. Coast Guard said in a statement.

A Navy P-8A Poseidon aircraft crew from Patrol Squadron (VP) spotted the boaters on the beach near their makeshift sign on Friday.

A search and rescue team was called in and the survivors were rescued and transferred by patrol boat to Nomwin Atoll.

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