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Mystery surrounds 'SOS' in Australian outback

By T.K. Randall
May 26, 2017 · Comment icon 11 comments

The Australian outback is not a good place to get stranded. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Toby Hudson
Police in Western Australia have been investigating a large 'SOS' sign discovered in a remote area.
The distress signal, which was spotted by a helicopter pilot, prompted an extensive search of the region over fears that someone may have become stranded out in the middle of nowhere.

The letters 'SOS' had been spelled out by arranging dozens of small rocks on the ground and appeared to have been left by someone who was in genuine need of assistance.

Located around 300 miles from the city of Broome, the area is so difficult to get to that search and rescue teams were only able to reach the site using a helicopter.
They eventually found the remains of a campfire but no sign that anyone was still there, suggesting that the 'SOS' may have actually been set up years ago.

What ultimately became of the person who created it however continues to remain a mystery.

"There are indications that there may have been someone camped there at one point in time, but it is just not clear how long ago that was," said Senior Sgt Peter Reeves.

Source: BBC News | Comments (11)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #2 Posted by Gary Meadows 6 years ago
Sounds like a good movie premise.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Calibeliever 6 years ago
Walkabout? Wolf Creek?
Comment icon #4 Posted by paperdyer 6 years ago
Maybe the person was rescued or found a way out. If the person is still around, maybe he or she will speak up and solve the mystery.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Future ghost 6 years ago
While I hope no one is in distress, if this is a prank it's not a very nice one. Similar to calling 911 to complain about your fries being cold, and wasting everyone's time.
Comment icon #6 Posted by The Narcisse 6 years ago
But everyone deserves HOT FRIES!!!!
Comment icon #7 Posted by Calibeliever 6 years ago
Well if it was, it was poorly executed since it wasn't noticed for at least several years.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Codenwarra 6 years ago
Comment icon #9 Posted by Still Waters 6 years ago
You are close. Updated:
Comment icon #10 Posted by Calibeliever 6 years ago
Explained-Mystery. Excellent!
Comment icon #11 Posted by TripGun 6 years ago
I am writing a screenplay called *Robinson Crusoe's Cape Fear.

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