Three teenagers rescued in remote WA, after HELP message spotted in sand

Three teenagers were rescued after a lengthy operation sparked by a ‘Help’ message written in the sand in a remote area of ​​Western Australia.

The group’s white Holden Colorado got stuck in the Pink Lake area of ​​Gregory, south of Kalbarri, on Saturday, but they managed to scrawl a big “HELP!!” a message in the sand detected by the pilots.

Police later discovered they did not have any 4WD equipment or emergency lights.

At about 3pm on Saturday, air traffic control informed WA Police that a pilot had detected a cry for help about 27 nautical miles south of Kalbarri, and there was a scene of a stuck vehicle nearby, and a second report was soon lodged by another pilot.

A joint operation by officers from Kalbarri Police and the Mid West – Gascoyne Traffic Area and a Challenger jet deployed by the Australian Maritime Safety Agency (AMSA) determined the GPS coordinates of the stuck 4WD and allowed police to locate the vehicle.

Officers approached the group on foot, crossing brush and a dry lake.

By the time the police reached the group, the teenagers had been unharmed for about six hours.

Passers-by also came to the scene, but they were unable to lift their vehicles due to the difficult terrain.

WA Police said at 3pm ET that the vehicle would be found later, but the three teenagers were taken to Lucky Bay, about 72 kilometers east, where they were reunited with their family and friends.

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