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Australian SOS mystery has finally been solved

By T.K. Randall
June 9, 2017 · Comment icon 11 comments

The 'SOS' had been left by two people stranded in the outback. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Toby Hudson
Police have revealed that the distress signal was genuine and that it was left in the outback in 2013.
Spotted last month in Western Australia, the 'SOS' signal had prompted an extensive search of the region over fears that someone had 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.

A search of the remote area, which was situated 300 miles from the city of Broome, yielded indications of a campfire but no clues to explain who might have been there.
Now though, the police in Australia have revealed that the sign was most likely created by a man and woman who had become genuinely stranded in the region four years ago.

The man's brother had read an article about the mystery on the BBC news website and had decided to contact the authorities to explain what had happened.

The couple had allegedly been aboard a yacht that became stranded, forcing them to head to the shore on a raft. After narrowly escaping an attack by crocodiles, they created the SOS sign and managed to survive for some time on rations while drinking fresh water they found nearby.

They were eventually rescued when another boat spotted them and stopped to pick them up.

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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