CHUUK STATE, Micronesia (WHDH) — The U.S. Coast Guard rescued two people who were stranded on an uninhabited island in the Pacific Ocean on Friday.

The pair signaled for help by writing “SOS” in the sand.

The two people set out in a motorboat from an island in Micronesia on August 17. The Coast Guard said they had “limited supplies and no emergency equipment.”

Whenthe couple didn’t arrive at their destination the next day, authorities began a search that last seven days.

The crew of a Navy P8A Poseidon aircraft found them and took a photo after a ship spotted flashing lights coming from the island.

A Coast Guard Vessel picked up the survivors on Friday.

The Coast Guard coordinated 14 ships, two planes and a patrol boat in a search that covered more than 16,000 square miles.

The crew of the Navy plane that spotted the stranded couple is on routine deployment from Jacksonville, Florida, to the Seventh Fleet’s area of operation in the Pacific.


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