The U.S. Navy rescued two mariners who were stranded on a uninhabited island in the Pacific. The couple, Linus and Sabina Jack, who are both in their 50’s, were spotted on the beach after making a makeshift SOS signal in the sand.
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The castaway pair went missing on Aug 17 when they departed from Weno Island. The seven day search had covered 16,571 square miles looking for the pair. The couple left with no emergency equipment except for a flashlight as it was only suppose to take a day to get to their destination of Tamatam Island, Micronesia.
Two days later the U.S. Coast Guard command center in Guam received a notification that the couple and their 18-foot boat were missing. The couple apparently misjudged the depth of the water around them and got caught up in the sand of a shallow lagoon.
The couple made a temporary home, creating a hut that they could inhabit until help arrived. In the meantime, various search and rescue parties were covering the vast area in the Pacific where they felt he boat might be. An international maritime team spotted light signals from a nearby island on Wednesday.
A U.S. Navy aircraft was deployed to investigate the source of lighting that had been reported, and to their surprise, found the couple that everyone has been searching for. The husband and wife were then picked up by patrol boats on Friday and transferred to Nomwin Atoll, located 22 miles west of East Fayu Island.
Following their rescue, the couple are reportedly in good spirits and are excited to get back home to reunite with family. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, the search, in total, involved 14 vessels, two aircraft crews and one police boat.
The area in the western Pacific Ocean where the couple were stranded is made up of 607 small islands, about 2,500 miles southwest of Hawaii. Chuuk State, which is one of the four states of the Federated States of Micronesia, has a total land area of 49.2 square miles. The search for the Jack’s boat was literally like looking for a needle in a haystack. They are one lucky couple.