Fortunately, the men were wearing life jackets that helped to keep them afloat in the dark waters. Even so, they still had to swim for almost two miles through the night. Eventually, they reached the island of Fanadik.
Unfortunately for the three men, Fanadik is one of many uninhabited islands that make up Micronesia, an island country that covers around 1,000 square miles of the Pacific Ocean. So without any locals to call upon for assistance, the survivors were on their own.
Although they were uninjured, things weren’t looking good. The men were stuck on an island miles from civilization. Hoping to catch the attention of would-be rescuers, they used what little resources they had at their disposal. By collecting and arranging the fronds of palm trees, they were able to spell out a simple message – “HELP” – on the shore.