Coast Guard and Navy crews played an active role in rescuing two mariners who were stranded on a small Pacific island Aug. 26. The two had written “SOS” in the sand, after being stranded on the island in Micronesia’s Chuuk state. They had been traveling between two Micronesian islands on an 18-foot vessel that carried few supplies and no emergency equipment. A British ship saw a flickering light from the island’s shore and alerted the Coast Guard in Guam, which triggered a seven-day search. The crew of a Navy P-8A Poseidon from Patrol Squadron 8 eventually spotted the two, and relayed their position to the Coast Guard. The patrol boat Palikir rescued them.
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