Shipwrecked Sailors Rescued After Making 'Help' Sign

The three men used palm fronds to make the sign that led to their rescue off a remote island in the Pacific Ocean.
3:12 | 04/11/16

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GE We're back now with that scene that looks like it's in pa maw vie. Three sailors, ship wrecked. Desperate rescued after making this giant help sign in the sand. ABC's Matt Gutman has the details. Reporter: They were marooned for three days after their fishing boat capsized, swimming to a tiny island through shark-infested waters. But they're a pretty resoersful bunch. Call it a real-life "Cast away." Hello! Anybody! Reporter: This morning, three men rescued after a tiny remote island in the pacific, using palm fronds to spell out "Help" in the sand and waving those bright Orange life jackets. Their ordeal beginning last Monday, several miles north of P Papua New Guinea. Then just after two hours at sea, a massive wave capsizing their 19-foot skiff, the crew holding on to those life jackets and swimming nearly two miles in the dark. Washing up on a long, deserted island. No way to contact help. It was very challenging to find any craft within that region. Reporter: After three days a U.S. Navy plane receiving an alert about the missing men, first spotting that smoke signal and then that message in the sand. This was a huge win for us and it was a huge win for BP 5 and more importantly it was a huge win for the three guys on the island. Reporter: Castaways are more common than you think. In 2014, this group of snorkelers carved a giant S.O.S. In the sand. But nothing compares to this Mexican fisherman, lost at sea, for 14 months. Living off of raw fish, uncooked birds and turtles. Have no fear. Island survival something we got a tutorial on last year. By far the most grueling. Not getting enough smoke. Reporter: But most important task -- building a fire. And just like those survivors rescued this weekend, that fire -- I give to you fire -- would have been our saving grace. Yeah, fire is key. Now while the U.S. Navy was the first to spot these castaways this part of the pacific is so vast that the Navy apparently told the castaways' families it would be faster for them to take their own boats to rescue them off the island. Lara. Matt, wait a second, what happened to your shirt? What shirt. Exactly. I think it was the pants in that shot -- thank you, Matt Gutman. Coming up on "Good morning

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