Stranded mariners rescued in Micronesia after 'SOS' spotted in sand

Published: Aug. 26, 2016 at 5:11 PM HST|Updated: Aug. 26, 2016 at 5:45 PM HST
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(Image: U.S. Navy)
(Image: U.S. Navy)

By Chantelle Aguilar
HNN Digital Intern

Two stranded mariners are safe Friday after crews spotted their "SOS" in the sand on uninhabited island in Micronesia.

A U.S. Navy aircraft crew spotted the couple on the beach, and relayed their location to the Coast Guard in Guam. The two, who had limited supplies and no emergency equipment, were picked up and transferred to a patrol boat.

The Coast Guard got a report about the couple's 18-foot vessel going missing on Aug. 19.

The two departed Weno Island on Aug. 17, and were expected to arrive at their destination to Tamatam Island the next day.

Over seven days, the Coast Guard and other agencies searched nearly 17,000 square miles for the two.

On Wednesday, a ship noticed flashing lights emitting from the uninhabited Chuuk State island where the two were later found. The U.S. Navy was alerted and patrolled the island when they spotted the survivors -- and their message -- on the beach.

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