Transcript for Castaways Rescued From Deserted Island
It was a real-life three-hour tour, just like Gilligan's island. A group stranded, making a plea for help with whatever they could find, and as ABC's Eva pilgrim reports, luckily for them, they caught the Navy's attention. Reporter: Tonight, three real-life castaways lucky to be alive after their three-hour sailing trip went really wrong, stranding them for days on a tiny, deserted island. âª The passengers set sail that day for a three-hour tour âª Reporter: Their story, eerily similar to the opening scene from the '70s' TV show "Gilligan's island." âª but it's this image catching headlines -- the three spelling out "Help" with palm leaves. Search crews saying they did everything right to get rescued, a big wave taking out their boat on their way to a small island in the pacific. The men forced to fight through two miles of choppy water, thankfully armed with these life vests. The personal flotation devices allowed them to stay above water longer, um, to allow them to make the overnight swim to the island. Reporter: The trio washing up on this long-abandoned island, full of empty fishing shacks, but no phones or internet to call home, seemingly living out scenes from the movie "Cast away." Fire! Reporter: Starting a fire, and just like Tom Hanks did on the big screen -- sending out this rugged sos and frantically waving their bright Orange life jackets. A Navy plan spotting them, their three-hour tour, finally over after three days. Eva pilgrim, ABC news, New York.
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