3 Men Rescued on Deserted Pacific Island

After their boat sank, three men swam over two miles to a tiny island, where they used a little ingenuity to flag down Coast Guard and Navy rescuers.
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But first here that survival story we've been talking about. Three castaways forced to swim two miles to a deserted island when their boat overturned in the pacific ocean. Yeah, this is a real-life "Gilligan's island." They used whatever they could find to craft a desperate call for help and Eva pilgrim is here with the details. This was supposed to be a three-hour tour. You can't make it up. Well, I guess someone did make it up once upon a time. But, yeah, three-hour tour. What would you do if you were stuck on a tiny island in the middle of the ocean with no way off. Well, after being stuck for three days, three guys took a cue from Hollywood to find their way back home. A cry for help answered, three men spending days stranded on this tiny island in the pacific lucky to be alive this morning after their three-hour sailing trip went very wrong. ♪ A three-hour tour ♪ Reporter: No, they weren't aboard the "S.S. Minnow" from "Gilligan's island" but their misadventure definitely rings a bell ♪ the mission would be Lotz ♪ Reporter: The men set off for a small island in Micronesia to catch a plane but never made it singing late at night in the middle of the ocean forcesing them to swim over two miles to this tiny long deserted island full of empty fishing shacks but no phone or internet to call home. The coast guard and Navy were quickly alerted teaming up to find them. When they did not show up a day later, that's when the local authorities started to do some investigation and then reached out to here in Guam for assistance. Reporter: The trio seemingly living out scenes from the movie "Castaway." Fire! Reporter: Stealing a page out of Tom Hanks' book. The men writing out the word "Help" using palm leaves on the beach. The other key part is that the personal flotation devices helped them make the overnight swim to the island where they were picked up. Reporter: You can see in these pictures the men running out waving their bright Orange life jackets trying to flag down the plane after three days on the island. Local fishermen hearing their location picked them up and brought them back to their families. And rescuers say one of the key things that helped them find these guys, they made a fire. The search team saw the smoke signal, sending them in that direction. It would have taken them several more hours to actually find them if they hadn't. I wonder if they screamed fire like Tom Hanks. I wonder if they screamed Wilson. Wilson, right. That's what I would have screamed. That reference takes me back. Eva, thank you very much.

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