Castaways Spell “HELP” with Palm Leaves, Get Rescued By the U.S. Navy


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Castaways Spell “HELP” with Palm Leaves, Get Rescued By the U.S. Navy

From Popular Mechanics

It might seem cliché to write “HELP” in giant letters on the beach in an attempt to be rescued from a deserted island, but don’t let that stop you because apparently it works. Just last week, four giant letters made of palm leaves helped three stranded sailors get back to safety.

According to the U.S. Navy, the three men had set out to sea from Pulap (a village in the Federated States of Micronesia) on a 19-foot skiff on April 4th, and ran into a stroke of bad luck when the vessel capsized, leaving the men adrift. Fortunately, they were able to make it to nearby Fandadik Island, powered by adrenaline and a will to live.

On April 7th, a P-8A Poseidon-a Naval surveillance aircraft modified from the Boeing 737-attached to a nearby squadron operating out of Misawa, Japan spotted the men’s signal and a boat was sent out to recover the trio and bring them home. Granted, movie logic won’t get you out of every jam, but here’s proof that a giant sign that spells HELP is practical. More practical than making friends with a volleyball at least.

Source: U.S. Navy

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