Stranded Women Saved By SOS in Sand Nearby Navy rescues pair on hard-to-reach Hawaiian shore By Matt Cantor, Newser User Posted Apr 8, 2011 12:29 PM CDT 9 comments Comments An "SOS" in the sand saved two women. (Shutterstock) (Newser) – An “SOS” note scrawled in the sand actually worked for two stranded women in Hawaii. A tour helicopter noticed the letters and notified naval aviators who were training nearby; they saw the inscription and flashes from a mirror and sent a helicopter and swimmer to pick up the stranded pair, one of whom was ill and injured, the AP reports. Both were hospitalized. There had been a downpour the night before in the area, which can only be reached on foot or by water, said a Kauai official.