Remember the famous movie from Tom Hanks where his best friend was Wilson, the volleyball? A similar situation just happened in the Pacific Ocean, and the U.S. Air force discovered the lost men.
Coronel Jason Palmeira-Yen said that while searching, they took a detour to avoid some rain and at that moment they looked down and saw the island.
"We saw the SOS sign in the sand and called the Australian Navy". The authorities then landed a chopper with food and water to find the three men healthy after their shipwreck.
Tom Hanks was their inspiration, and they all have seen the movie "we tried to apply the basic survival skills from the film and it helped".