Missing sailors rescued from remote Pacific island after scrawling SOS in sand

2020/08/05 13:52

Today's Vocabulary

1.remote (adj)
far away in distance

2. scrawled (v) 
to write something quickly, without trying to make your writing tidy or easy to read

3. skiff (n) 
a small, light boat for rowing or sailing, usually used by only one person 

4. dispatched (v)
to send  something, especially goods or a message, somewhere for a particular purpose  

5. atolls (n)
a ring-shaped island formed of coral  (= rock-like natural substance) that surrounds a lagoon (= area of sea water)

6. SOS (n) 
a request for help, especially because of danger

Missing sailors rescued from remote Pacific island after scrawling SOS in sand

SYDNEY: Three Micronesian sailors stranded on a tiny island in the remote Western Pacific were rescued after Australian and US warplanes spotted a giant “SOS” they had scrawled on the beach, officials said.

The Australian Defence Force said it found the men on Sunday (Aug 2) on tiny Pikelot Island, about 190km from where they set sail three days earlier.

The men blew off course and ran out of fuel in a 7m skiff between two of the 600-plus islands and atolls that make up Micronesia.

Alerted by the Pacific Rescue and Coordination Centre in Guam, US and Australian military aircraft joined the search for the missing vessel and spotted their SOS message on Sunday.

A helicopter dispatched from Australia’s HMAS Canberra flew to the island with food and water and found the three men in good condition.

A Micronesia patrol vessel was then sent to recover the men, the Australian Defence Force said.

Resource: https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/micronesia-sailors-stranded-island-beach-sos-pacific

  1. If you are in danger, what should you do?
  2. Have you tried doing anything dangerous that could risk your life?

“Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers, but to be fearless in facing them. Let me not beg for the stilling of my pain, but for the heart to conquer it.”

Rabindranath Tagore