Navy ships rescue 12 fishermen stranded in Indian Ocean, South China Sea

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A makeshift boat filled with minimal supplies is adrift in the South China Sea, Monday, Oct. 8, 2018. Five Philippine fishermen survived for five days aboard the craft after their boat sank at sea. They were rescued by the crew of USNS Wally Schirra. (COURTESY OF THE U.S. NAVY)
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A makeshift boat filled with minimal supplies is adrift in the South China Sea, Monday, Oct. 8, 2018. Five Philippine fishermen survived for five days aboard the craft after their boat sank at sea. They were rescued by the crew of USNS Wally Schirra. (COURTESY OF THE U.S. NAVY)

Navy ships rescue 12 fishermen stranded in Indian Ocean, South China Sea

by: Christian Lopez | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: October 11, 2018

Sailors from two Navy ships — the USNS Wally Schirra and USS Decatur — rescued a dozen fishermen stranded this week in the Indian Ocean and South China Sea.

The noncommissioned dry cargo ship Wally Schirra was conducting a routine mission in the South China Sea Monday when its crew spotted a makeshift vessel carrying five Filipino fishermen, a Navy statement said.

The men were waving their arms and flashing lights to capture the crew’s attention, Keith Sauls, the Wally Schirra’s civilian captain, said in the statement.

Their fishing boat sank seven days prior to the rescue after a blue marlin punctured the hull, the statement said.

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