In what looks like a scene from “Castaway,” a stranded kayaker got the attention of the NYPD Special Operations team by spelling “HELP” with some sticks.
On April 17, the Special Ops team posted a video of the rescue to its Twitter page. According to the post, the savvy, stranded man was missing for over 12 hours before a helicopter noticed both his sign and a fire that he had started.
A kayaker takes social distancing to the next level. #NYPD Aviation found the uninjured male stranded on a remote island in Jamaica Bay, Queens. Missing for over 12 hours the male signaled for help by starting a fire & spelling out help using nearby sticks before being found. pic.twitter.com/cqYqz8tLFG
— NYPD Special Ops (@NYPDSpecialops) April 17, 2020
Thankfully, the kayaker was uninjured and unharmed when he was found on a remote island in Jamaica Bay, Queens.
On Twitter, people applauded the man’s creativity and thanked the NYPD for a job well done.
“Wow! Insane! Like something out a movie!” one user wrote. “Great job!”
“Survival skills put to use,” another person added.
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