Getting stranded on a desert island and not being sure whether anyone would save you might sound like the plot of a movie, but we have to remember that sometimes this stuff really happens. Just last week, some sailors went through a terrifying ordeal that they will remember for the rest of their lives. The men were sailing to the Weno Island in the Pacific Ocean when tragedy struck.

A massive wave knocked over their ship entirely, which meant that they had no other choice, but to swim for safety. The group swam for hours before reaching the deserted Fandadik Island.

There, the group was stranded and had no way of notifying people of their whereabouts. Still, these guys were resourceful and did something truly genius.

First, they decided to create a cry for help using palm fronds. They managed to spell out the word ‘HELP’ in no time at all. Aside from that, they also used a smoke signal to let people know just where they were.

Luckily for them, a passing plane noticed and the rescue mission started soon after. It took the combined efforts of the U.S. Coast Guard, the Navy and AMVER (Automated Mutual-Assistance Vessel Rescue) to save the group.

Along with these stunning pictures on Facebook, the U.S. Coast Guard Hawaii Pacific stated, “These partnerships are critical to successful search and rescue cases in remote parts of the Pacific. Ingenuity of these men to build their sign and the preparedness of having life jackets also contributed to their safe rescue.”

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