An injured surfer stranded on an isolated beach was taken to safety after his message of ‘HELP’ was spotted in the sand by a passerby.

In a scene straight out of Castaway, a surfer wrote a plea for help in the sand at Mercer Bay in New Zealand’s North Island then collapsed.

The man was surfing on Wednesday at Karekare Beach when he lost his board in the waves and was dashed against nearby rocks, The New Zealand Herald reported.

He tried to walk along the bush trails to reach a more populated area but was unable to get anywhere in two hours because of his injuries.

A woman was walking in the bush and looked down to find the massive ‘HELP’ sign written in the sand.

After calling for help, the local surf life saving club came to the rescue.

A woman spotted the word HELP from above. Credit: Surf Live Saving New Zealand

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