NAPLES, Italy (NNS) -- Amphibious transport dock ship USS San Antonio (LPD 17) transferred 128 distressed persons to Armed Forces of Malta offshore patrol vessel P52 Oct. 17.
San Antonio rendered assistance Oct. 16 to persons in distress at sea in the central Mediterranean at the request of the Maltese government, and provided food, water, medical attention, and temporary shelter.
Winds and seas were rocking the raft when it was spotted by a Maltese patrol aircraft. Shortly thereafter, the Maltese government contacted several ships in the area, as well as U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, and requested assistance in rescuing the distressed persons.
San Antonio was a little more than 60 nautical miles away when she was directed to assist, and arrived on scene at approximately 6 p.m. local time. Soon after, San Antonio Sailors transferred the distressed persons using two 11-man rigid hull inflatable boats.
In all, 128 men between the ages of 20 and 30 were rescued from the raft.
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