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Old 04-11-2024, 10:18am   #1
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Pacific castaways’ ‘HELP’ sign sparks US rescue mission – and an unexpected family reunion

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A US Navy and Coast Guard operation on Tuesday rescued three mariners stranded on a tiny Pacific Ocean islet for more than a week after the trio spelled out “HELP” using palm fronds laid on a white-sand beach.

The three men had been planning to fish the waters around the Pikelot Atoll, part of Micronesia, on March 31 when their 20-foot open skiff was caught by swells and its outboard motor was damaged, according to US Coast Guard officials.

They scrambled ashore on uninhabited Pikelot, but their radio ran out of battery power before they could call for help.

So the castaways gathered palm fronds from the 31-acre island, arranged them to spell out “HELP” on the beach, and waited, according to a Coast Guard statement.
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Pikelot Atoll is +/-3,900 miles from Hawaii, why is USCG there??
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Pikelot Atoll is +/-3,900 miles from Hawaii, why is USCG there??
USCG is being increasingly deployed in South Pacific due to increased Chinese naval presence.
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USCG is being increasingly deployed in South Pacific due to increased Chinese naval presence.
DNKT, I guess our current USN has insufficient assets to cover that part of the globe.
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Pikelot Atoll is +/-3,900 miles from Hawaii, why is USCG there??
The US Territory of Guam is close
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Read an article recently (cannot find the link) about USCG cutters being updated with latest electronics, better guns, better propulsion systems etc specifically for deployment in South Pacific. They can do that in less time and less cost than building new ships
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The US Territory of Guam is close
Has it capsized yet?
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