Stennis Rescues Drowning Man Near Strait of Malacca


Story Number: NNS121006-15Release Date: 10/6/2012 11:51:00 AM
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From USS John C. Stennis Public Affairs Office

AT SEA (NNS) -- Sailors from the John C. Stennis Strike Group rescued a Malaysian man, Oct. 6, in the South China Sea while transiting through the Strait of Singapore.

The man was spotted by Sailors aboard Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) who immediately informed the ship's bridge.

At 9:08 a.m. the alarm for "man overboard" was sounded throughout the ship and within minutes a rescue team from the "Eightballers" of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 8, launched a MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter from Stennis' flight deck to pull the man out of the water.

Among the first to spot the man overboard was Seaman Abel Cardona, a native of San Sebastian, Puerto Rico, who was standing a lookout watch on the aircraft carrier's fantail.

"I saw something moving between the waves," said Cardona. "Then I saw a man in the water waving his hands screaming 'help, help, help!'"

Cardona immediately threw a life ring into the water and then called the navigation bridge and reported the man overboard.

Naval Air Crewman 3rd Class Taylor Child, the Search and Rescue swimmer aboard the helicopter, pulled the drowning man to safety at approximately 9:54 a.m.

"The whole thing was very surreal," said Child. "I never saw the man until I was lowered down in the water near him. After we lifted him aboard, our crew chief assessed the man for injuries. He basically said he was from Indonesia and he was very thirsty, so we gave him some water and flew him to safety."

The man was airlifted to the nearby dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Carl M. Brashear (T-AKE 7) where he was provided medical treatment prior to being transferred to the Singaporean Coast Guard.

Stennis is currently deployed in U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility with Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 21 and the guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53).

STORY COMMENTS7 COMMENTS
10/8/2012 1:13:00 PM
Thats my baby brother! Go tay tay! Me and all the family are so proud of you!

10/6/2012 11:51:00 PM
So proud of my nephew Taylor Child and the rest of the sailors involved in this rescue today.Love you Taylor!

10/6/2012 11:49:00 PM
Congratulations for job well done. I'm sure the man is grateful for saving his life. My grandson is aboard the Stennis and he makes his family very proud. Love you Tommy and be safe.

10/6/2012 6:45:00 PM
What a wonderful job you all did in saving the man,Thank you for being alert and seeing him in the water and sounding the alarm. You are all great guys and gals and we are very proud of you forputting our country and our freedoms ahead of your own private lives. Thank tou all JC Stennis crew and officers from the bottom of my heart

10/6/2012 4:53:00 PM
Well Done US NAVY!

10/6/2012 4:25:00 PM
Great job as usual by the US Navy and STENNIS. Many countries may hate us, but who always shows up first to provide rescues/disaster assistance worldwide? STENNIS, home of my old Squadron VA (now VF/A) -146. BusyBee604

10/6/2012 2:03:00 PM
BZ Stennis and crew! Proud of all the Sailors on board.

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Seaman Nicholas Fisher, left, and Seaman Abel Cardona stand fantail watch.
121006-N-MN975-008 STRAIT OF MALACCA (Oct. 6, 2012) Seaman Nicholas Fisher, left, and Seaman Abel Cardona stand fantail watch. The two watch standers sighted and reported a Malaysian fisherman floating in the Strait of Malacca. USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) is returning to the U.S. 7th and 5th Fleets areas of responsibility four months ahead of schedule in order to maintain combatant requirements for the presence in the region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Justin A. Johndro/Released)
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