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Navy P-8A Discovers Men Stranded On Uninhabited Island After Skiff Capsized

Two men wave life jackets and look on as a U.S. Navy P-8A maritime surveillance aircraft discovers them on the uninhabited island of Fanadik, in the Federated States of Micronesia. US Navy photo.

Two men wave life jackets and look on as a U.S. Navy P-8A maritime surveillance aircraft discovers them on the uninhabited island of Fanadik, in the Federated States of Micronesia. US Navy photo.

The crew of a U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft located three men stranded on an uninhabited island in the Federated States of Micronesia last week, after the men swam ashore and wrote “help” on the beach with palm leaves.

On April 4 the men’s 19-foot skiff capsized in a large wave after they set sail from Pulap, FSM, according to a Navy statement. They said they spent hours swimming and finally reached the uninhabited Fandadik Island, about four nautical miles away. The men were not injured but were stranded on the island.

The Coast Guard’s Sector Guam Command Center received notification from a search and rescue liaison on Tuesday morning, after the men in the skiff failed to arrive on the island on Weno, according to a Navy post on Facebook. Coast Guard watchstanders coordinated with Patrol Squadron (VP) 5 out of Misawa, Japan, and other local vessels to assist in the search.

The three men spelled out “help” on the beach with palm leaves and stood nearby waving orange lifejackets, catching the attention of crew members on a P-8 from VP 5, in the midst of a routine deployment in U.S. 7th Fleet.

A small boat from Pulap, where the men began their adventure, was sent to pick them up from the island.

Three men wave life jackets and look on as a U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft discovers them on the uninhabited island of Fanadik. US Navy photo.

Three men wave life jackets and look on as a U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft discovers them on the uninhabited island of Fanadik. US Navy photo.

One of three men discovered by a U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft after their 19-foot skiff capsized after setting out to sea from Pulap, FSM, three days earlier, waves lifejackets to attract attention on the uninhabited island of Fanadik. US Navy photo.

One of three men discovered by a U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft after their 19-foot skiff capsized after setting out to sea from Pulap, FSM, three days earlier, waves lifejackets to attract attention on the uninhabited island of Fanadik. US Navy photo.

A small boat from Pulap, FSM, recovers three men from the uninhabited island of Fanadik after they were discovered by a U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft. US Navy photo.

A small boat from Pulap, FSM, recovers three men from the uninhabited island of Fanadik after they were discovered by a U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft. US Navy photo.

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Megan Eckstein

About Megan Eckstein

Megan Eckstein is a staff writer for USNI News. She previously covered Congress for Defense Daily and the U.S. surface navy and U.S. amphibious operations as an associate editor for Inside the Navy.

  • bee bop

    Its good to be found…alive! Need a pretty good size boat for that one guy.

    • Kim Chul Soo

      Yeh, he didn’t waste away.

  • muzzleloader

    Did they find Ginger, Marianne and Gilligan?

  • John B. Morgen

    Another good rescue…..