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Russian sailor marooned for five days on tiny island is saved after writing HELP in giant letters out of moss

A SAILOR was saved after being stranded on a remote island – by spelling out help in MOSS.

The unnamed Russian sailor was reportedly planning to sail alone from Spain to Stockholm but instead, five days after his departure, was found marooned just off the tiny remote island of Harstena.

The sailor used the most of his surroundings to to be rescued…by spelling out help in moss
Swedish CoastGuard/AftonBladet

Christer Haglund from the Navy Flight and Rescue Centre described the events as “like a modern-day Robinson Crusoe.”

After setting off on his voyage, the last contact from the sailor’s phone was on Wednesday night.

When signal was lost, rescue services began to fear the worst.

Miraculously, explorers were stunned on Friday to discover items including pillows, boards and knives, suggesting the sailor could potentially be alive.

Aircraft footage caught the sailor desperately waving for help, as his five day island ordeal came to an end
Swedish Coastguard/ AftonBladet
A naval helicopter hunted for the sailor, and tracked him down to the secret island
Swedish Coastguard/ AftonBladet

The dramatic discovery and rescue of the sailor only happened when a rescue helicopter spotted the word ‘Help’ spelt out in the moss, with a boat and a man waving a red floating vest.

Amazingly, the sailor was said to be in good spirits despite his dangerous ordeal on the island of Harstena.

Harstena is so remote that it is often described as a secret island, but the sailor was stranded on rocks 6.5km away in an even more secret patch.

The sailor was flown to University Hospital in Linkoping for a medical check.

Haglund said: “”We were very surprised that it went so well.”

His plight is similar to that of Robinson Crusoe, a fictional character who spent 28 years on a remote desert island before being rescued.

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