Three men stranded on an uninhabited island in the Pacific Ocean were rescued on August 2, 2020, after an SOS message they wrote in the sand was spotted by Australian and US aircraft overhead.
This footage, shared by the US Air Force’s 36th Wing, shows the large distress message written on Pikelot Island as seen from above.
US and Australian crews assisted in the search.
“I am proud of the response and professionalism of all on board as we fulfill our obligation to contribute to the safety of life at sea wherever we are in the world," said HMAS Canberra’s commanding officer, Cpt Terry Morrison. Credit: Master Sgt. Richard Ebensberger/36th Wing via Storyful