It's almost like a scene out of a movie.
Five snorkelers stranded on an Australian island were rescued Monday night after they scrawled "SOS" on a sandbar, according to the Courier Mail.
A group of five individuals had set out early in the morning on a snorkeling expedition when they decided to anchor their boat next to a sandbar.
Massive SOS sign saved stranded snorkelers stuck on a sandbank In Australia http://t.co/x4REwpmZvv via @sirajdatoo pic.twitter.com/mKxm14297R
— Michelle B. Van Dyke (@michellebvd) April 23, 2014
As they set off toward a rocky island nearby, they realized that the vessel had started drifting away in the rising tide. Two men swam after the boat, but were unable to reach it as it picked up speed, the Courier Mail reported.
The group of five had left all their cellphones and sun screen aboard the ship. With no form of communication, they inscribed "SOS" into the sandbar and took to the nearby rocky island for shelter.
The drifting boat was eventually found by rescue crews who dispatched a helicopter into the area to look for the group of five.
Hours later, the SOS sign was spotted and the group was flown back.
According to the Courier Mail, the in-tact boat was later returned to the group.
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