Stranded couple rescued after drawing SOS message in sand

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Stranded Couple Rescued After Drawing SOS Message in Sand

Two stranded boaters were rescued on Friday after a U.S. Navy aircraft spotted the letters "SOS" scratched into the sand.

Linus and Sabina Jack had started their trip on August 17 in Micronesia, leaving Weno Island with limited supplies and no emergency equipment, and were expected to arrive the next day. When they didn't show up, officials began what would become a week-long search for the pair.

On Wednesday, a ship noticed flashing lights coming from the uninhabited East Fayu Island. Two days later the Navy aircraft spotted the couple, both in their fifties, stranded on the beach.

The U.S. Embassy in Kolonia posted on Facebook, "The Search and Rescue Operation for Linus and Sabina Jack has been successfully completed.They are found and are waiting for a ship to take them home."

A Coast Guard team, including two aircraft and 15 boats, searched nearly 17,000 square miles for the stranded mariners before spotting their makeshift sign.

Photos of the stranded couple saved from writing 'SOS' in sand:

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Stranded couple saved after writing 'SOS' in sand

Two stranded boaters were rescued on Friday after a U.S. Navy aircraft spotted the letters “SOS” scratched into the sand.

(Photo via US Embassy Kolonia)

Two stranded boaters were rescued on Friday after a U.S. Navy aircraft spotted the letters “SOS” scratched into the sand.

(Photo via US Embassy Kolonia)

Two stranded boaters were rescued on Friday after a U.S. Navy aircraft spotted the letters “SOS” scratched into the sand.

(Photo via US Embassy Kolonia)

Two stranded boaters were rescued on Friday after a U.S. Navy aircraft spotted the letters “SOS” scratched into the sand.

(Photo via US Embassy Kolonia)

Two stranded boaters were rescued on Friday after a U.S. Navy aircraft spotted the letters “SOS” scratched into the sand.

(Photo via US Embassy Kolonia)

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