U.S. Navy Rescues Sailors Stranded On Remote Deserted Island In Pacific While Search Continues For Sailor Missing In NC Waters

Jinger Jarrett

After three days of being stranded on a remote uninhabited island in the Pacific, three men were rescued by the U.S. Navy. The men, who were traveling in a Micronesian skiff, were washed ashore after the skiff was hit by a wave.

Weather reported that the men's families reported them missing after they failed to reach their destination, the Micronesian island of Weno. U.S. Coast Guard spokeswoman Melissa McKenzie told the Associated Press that the men were lucky.

"Fortunately for them, they were all wearing life jackets and were able to swim to the deserted island."

— George Gowland (@roscoe0ne) April 10, 2016

Such an operation requires a lot of coordination, and includes not just the U.S. Navy and the Coast Guard, but the Watchstanders at the Sector Guam Command Center. Their job is to issue marine information broadcasts and coordinate the assistance of aircraft and ships involved in the rescue.

AMVER vessels Brilliant Jupiter and Ten Yu Maru were also diverted to help in the operation, and they spent a combined 17 hours searching 178 miles of coastline. Lieutenant William White, the Sector Guam public affairs officer, said that coordination was key to a successful rescue.

"Our combined efforts coupled with the willingness of many different resources to come together and help, led to the successful rescue of these three men in a very remote part of the Pacific."

— The Virginian-Pilot (@PilotNews) April 10, 2016

The female third class petty officer was discovered missing around 4:20 p.m. on Saturday. A pair of boots, along with a note, was discovered on the deck near the rear of the ship. The Navy hasn't released any information yet as to what information was obtained from the note.

— pmatons (@pmatons) April 10, 2016

"Were doing everything we can to find and rescue the sailor and our thoughts and prayers are with our shipmates and their families."

The USS Carter Hall was conducting training operations for the U.S. Navy in support of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group Composite Training Unit Exercise of the coast of Cape Hatteras. The name of the sailor won't be released until 24 hours after the notification of next of kin. The USS Carter Hall is ported at the Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek—Fort Story in Virginia Beach when not service.

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