A fisherman stranded for five days in the Pacific Ocean signals to the crew of a Navy P-8A Poseidon about 600 nautical miles from Guam, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020.  U.S. NAVY
A fisherman stranded for five days in the Pacific Ocean signals to the crew of a Navy P-8A Poseidon about 600 nautical miles from Guam, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. U.S. NAVY

Navy Poseidon crew finds fisherman stranded in Pacific about 600 miles from Guam

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A fisherman stranded about 600 nautical miles from Guam is safe thanks to the crew of a Navy P-8A Poseidon operating out of Kadena Air Base on Okinawa.

Aviators from Patrol Squadron 45, which is based at Naval Air Station Jacksonville in Florida, were called upon to help on Friday by the U.S. Coast Guard in Guam, according to a statement from 7th Fleet. At that point, the mariner and his 16-foot skiff had been missing in the western Pacific for five days.

Later that day, the Poseidon crew spotted the vessel about 50 nautical miles from its last known location, the statement said. They dropped a search-and-rescue kit, which typically includes food, water, medical supplies and communication devices, and reported his whereabouts to the Coast Guard.

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