The harrowing tale started in 2007, after she became stranded on a desert island. Initial reports indicated the woman was caught in a storm and her boat wrecked. The actual version of the story is that the woman was a passenger in an old propeller plane that made a crash landing near an island.
Miraculously, the woman survived the plane crash and was able to live on the island for seven years, until a powerful Google Earth image came to the desktop of a student in Minnesota. His random survey of Google’s image cache of islands revealed something quite life changing: an SOS sign.
The Minnesota undergrad who found the wreckage, Nick Oshterhausen, is something of a ‘campus celebrity’ and is enjoying his small-celebrity status on Spring Break, where he states once his buddies tell any barkeeper about his feat he gets ‘at least a free drink’.