SOS Message Spotted by Helicopter

Date: 26/05/2014

Five snorkellers stranded on a tiny island off the east coast of Australia were rescued after scrawling a giant SOS message into a nearby sandbank.

The group had been stuck at sea over nine hours after their boat’s anchor failed and it drifted away. On board were their mobile phones, clothes, water and sunscreen The group was contemplating spending the night stranded on the small outcrop of rocks and were concerned the sandbar – and their message – would go under with the tide.Rescue helicopter crew member Damien Kross said the five were treated for sunburn and dehydration, but were otherwise ‘fine’.

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