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Three were rescued from a remote desert island in -book style on Thursday. The three sailors became marooned on the , uninhabited island of Fanadik in the South Pacific Ocean after their capsized. The island is several hundred kilometres of Papua New Guinea. Even though they lost their vessel at , the men managed to swim for nearly three kilometres to reach . They remained on the island for three days and believed they were -day castaways. They wrote the word 'HELP' in the sand using leaves so they might be spotted by a plane. Their prayers were answered when a U.S. Coast Guard plane spotted their on the beach.

A Coast Guard spoke about the rescue. He said: "Our combined , coupled with the willingness of many different resources to come and help, led to the successful rescue of these three men in a very part of the Pacific." Once the men were found, their families were notified and they were put on a boat back to the island of Pulap, from where they had set out to sea. The Coast Guard said of the men was injured. The rescue is one of the U.S. Coast Guard has undertaken . Officials say that in the last two weeks, they have coordinated seven search-and-rescue in the South Pacific, saving the of 15 people.

 
 

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