When Linus and Sabina Jack’s boat failed to make it to Tamatam Island, rescue teams were sent out to try to find the pair, who are both in their 50s.

For seven days aircraft and boat patrol teams scoured the area until finally a U.S. Navy aircraft crew spotted them – three giant letters written in the sand: SOS.

The Navy team alerted a Guam search and rescue team and gave them the location of the uninhabited Micronesian island so the couple could be rescued.

The Jacks survived for eight days on the island with “limited supplies and no emergency equipment on board” and were overjoyed to finally be rescued. Now they are just waiting for a ship to take them home.

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