USS San Antonio Responds to Persons in Distress Near Malta (Updated 10/17 2:20 p.m. Eastern Time)


Story Number: NNS131016-06Release Date: 10/16/2013 3:17:00 PM
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From U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa, U.S. 6th Fleet Public Affairs

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.

For more news from Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet, visit www.navy.mil/local/naveur/ or join the conversation on twitter at http://twitter.com/naveur_navaf.

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Distressed persons depart the amphibious transport dock ship USS San Antonio (LPD 17) after being transferred to Armed Forces of Malta offshore patrol vessel P52.
131017-N-ZZ999-006 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Oct. 17, 2013) Distressed persons depart the amphibious transport dock ship USS San Antonio (LPD 17) after being transferred to Armed Forces of Malta offshore patrol vessel P52. San Antonio provided food, water, medical attention, and temporary shelter to the rescued. San Antonio rescued 128 men adrift in an inflatable raft after responding to a call by the Maltese Government. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)
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