This Wild Shipwreck Rescue Justifies All Your Binge Watching

This Wild Shipwreck Rescue Justifies All Your Binge Watching

Cast Away just became required viewing.

By Alesandra Dubin

If you ever shelled out $20 for a movie ticket and popcorn when you felt like you should have been doing something more important instead — well, here’s all the justification you ever needed for sitting in a dark theater all day or binge watching TV.

Three mariners were rescued from a deserted island in the Pacific after a Navy aircraft noticed the word “HELP” spelled out plainly against the backdrop of a white sand beach. The guys apparently got their inspiration for the SOS tactic from a scene that could have been plucked right out of the 2000 Tom Hanks movie Cast Away. Movies save lives, people.

The guys had to swim two miles to the Micronesian island thousands of miles to the southwest of Hawaii, after their boat was overtaken by a huge wave.

It turns out the men had been boating on what was supposed to be a short jaunt between two islands, but their — ahem — three-hour tour turned into a three-day ordeal. Gilligan’s Island much? Basically this rescue is a mashup of the plot of every island-rescue movie and TV show ever made. 

So excuse us while we retire to our sofa to set up camp for binge watching — er, studying up on life-saving techniques.

Photo: U.S. Pacific Fleet via Flickr

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