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US Navy Rescues 9 on Yemeni Ship in the Gulf of Oman

July 29, 2014 - 07:37:52 UTC

US Navy Rescues Nine Crew in the Gulf of Oman

USNS Richard E. Byrd (T-AKE 4), a Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo ship, rescued nine crew members from a Yemeni-flagged cargo vessel that had lost power, was taking on water and was adrift in the Gulf of Oman, July 28, at approximately 09:00 LT.

USNS Richard R Byrd rescued nine crew members from a Yemeni-flagged cargo vessel Photo: U. S. Navy photo/Released

The crew from Asaed requested assistance and Byrd was the first ship on scene. Asaed crewmembers departed their vessel via the ship’s own lifeboat and maneuvered to Byrd, where they were safely recovered.   

There are no reports of casualties or injuries to personnel. The Yemeni sailors are being further evaluated by Byrd’s medical team. The Navy will then coordinate the sailors’ transfer ashore.

Richard E. Byrd is currently on a scheduled deployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts.

Source: US Naval Forces Central Command

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