U.S. Navy Rescues Iranians From Burning Fishing Vessel
A United States Navy ship rescued eight Iranian fishermen from a burning boat in the Arabian Sea; gave them food, water and fresh clothing; and delivered them to an Iranian naval vessel two days later, the Navy reported Friday.
The burning fishing boat was sighted on Wednesday, and two SH-60 helicopters from the Antisubmarine Squadron of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group were sent to pick up the fishermen, who had abandoned their boat and were on a life raft.
After a medical examination and a stay of a couple days on the carrier, they were returned to the Iranians on Friday:
Eight mariners board the Iranian navy ship Chiroo from a rigid-hull inflatable boat from the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman after their vessel was engulfed in flames Aug. 18. The mariners were rescued by two SH-60 helicopters from Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron 7 and transported to Harry S. Truman, where they were evaluated by medical staff and provided with clothing and food. The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is deployed supporting Operation Enduring Freedom, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Kilho Park.