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PHOTOS: Castaways rescued after spelling out 'help' with palm leaves

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Photos courtesy U.S. Navy/Ensign John Knight Photos courtesy U.S. Navy/Ensign John Knight
FANADIK, Micronesia -

Three castaways were rescued on Thursday after a U.S. Navy aircraft spotted the word "help" spelled out with palm leaves on the beach of a remote pacific island.

The three men, who were not identified, were reported missing by family members when they didn't show up for a flight on the Micronesian island of Chuuk. The group reportedly were taking a skiff from another Micronesian island when something went wrong.

Four ships combed the area where the skiff was last reported until a Navy plane arrived on the scene and began searching from above. The men were spotted Thursday and taken to a nearby island.

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