WE promise we’re not making this up, but three sailors who were stranded on a desert island were rescued after digging a big ‘SOS’ message in the sand.
In case you don’t believe us, and think we’ve been reading too many books, look – we’ve even got a picture.
The three Micronesian men were missing for three days, after their small boat ran out of fuel and drifted 190km off course while sailing the 42km between the atolls (ring-shaped coral reefs) of Pulawat to Pulap. Micronesia is made up of thousands of small islands and atolls in the Pacific Ocean.
After the men’s message was spotted in the sand on Pikelot Island, an Australian army helicopter landed to deliver food and water and check the men were okay. Then a ship was sent to pick the men and their boat up.
Although a lot of people think that SOS stands for ‘save our souls’, it doesn’t actually stand for anything. A sequence of three dots followed by three dashes and another three dots was chosen as the standard international distress signal, but because the letter S in Morse code is three dots, and three dashes is the letter O, it came to be known as an SOS.