Pikelot Catholic Chapel
|Area||0.126 km2 (0.049 sq mi)|
|Length||0.45 km (0.28 mi)|
|Width||0.28 km (0.174 mi)|
|Highest elevation||4 m (13 ft)|
Federated States of Micronesia
Flora and fauna
The islet has no permanent inhabitants, but because of the beautiful wildlife, there are often temporary visitors from surrounding atolls such as Puluwat and Satawal on turtle hunting expeditions. The trip to Pikelot is still carried out in Micronesian style sailing outrigger canoes.
In August 2020, three sailors who went missing were found on the island. After being lost for three days, their SOS sign, assembled with palm branches laid out on the beach, was spotted by a US aircraft, which radioed their position to an Australian ship in the area. The men were eventually rescued by a helicopter from HMAS Canberra and returned home in a Micronesian patrol vessel.
- Robson, R.W. The Pacific Islands Handbook New York 1946. p.142
- Defence, Department of (August 3, 2020). "HMAS Canberra assists in search and rescue". defencenews.govcms.gov.au.
- Doherty, Ben. "Missing sailors stranded on Pacific island saved by giant SOS in the sand". The Guardian. Judith Nelson Institute for Journalism and Ideas. Retrieved 4 August 2020.
- "Beach SOS saves men stranded on tiny Micronesian island". BBC News. Retrieved 4 Aug 2020.
- Island Directory, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
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