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Stranded snorkellers saved after writing huge SOS in the sand

And we thought that only happened in the movies.

IF YOU EVER find yourself stuck on a desert island, drawing a huge SOS in the sand WILL get you rescued, 99.9% of the time*.

(*DailyEdge.ie cannot guarantee that this will work.)

A group of five snorkellers were rescued from a sandbar off the Queensland coast in Australia after they wrote a massive SOS in the sand.

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According to Sky News, the snorkellers were stranded after the anchor of their boat broke and the vessel drifted off to sea.

After a failed attempt to swim to the boat, the group scrawled the message and retreated to the rocks.

Their disappearance was reported by friends on land when they did not return as they had planned, and the group’s boat was discovered by a volunteer rescue crew.

816224-057ba396-c99b-11e3-9aee-4ab1c4ff1b91 Source: RACQ-CQ Rescue

After nine hours on the island, a rescue helicopter found the five snorkellers and winched them to safety.

One of the snorkellers, Lyn Forbes-Smith, told Australia’s Courier-Mail the group were “a bit burned” but otherwise unharmed:

We just looked for the highest ground, we looked for rocks where five of us could huddle together because we didn’t really want to separate, and we wanted to be out of the wind as best as possible.

It all could have ended very differently.

wilsonwater Source: Persephonemagazine

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