Three men rescued from Pacific island after writing SOS in sand

Found 190 kilometres off course

Three men have been rescued from a tiny Pacific island after writing a giant S-O-S sign in the sand.

The men had been missing in the Micronesia archipelago for nearly three days when their distress signal was spotted Sunday.

They had set out July 30 from Pulawat atoll in a 7-metre boat. Their destination was Pulap atoll, just 43 kilometres away – they were found 190 kilometres from where they had set out.

The men were found in good condition after an Australian Defence Force helicopter was able to land on the island with food and water.

They were picked up by a Micronesian patrol vessel.