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CREW OF USNS WALLY SCHIRRA RESCUES FIVE FISHERMEN IN SOUTH CHINA SEA

October 17th 2018

The crew of the Military Sealift Command fleet ordnance and dry cargo ship USNS WALLY SCHIRRA rescued five Filipino fishermen floating on a raft in the South China Sea on Oct. 8.

The fishermen said their boat had sunk after the hull was punctured by a blue marlin.

They told the crew of WALLY SCHIRRA that they had been adrift for five days before being spotted by the watch officer.

“The fishermen salvaged what they could from the rapidly sinking boat,” SCHIRRA Chief Mate Leon Hadley was quoted in news reports as saying.

He said the five removed the outriggers and planks from their boat to turn it into a raft with barrels underneath for floatation.

“They took with them some rice, clothes, batteries, an 8-watt bulb, an AM-receive only radio and a handheld GPS,” he added.

“They had no water.”

The crew deployed the rigid-hulled, inflatable boat to carry out the rescue.

The licensed deck officers aboard USNS WALLY SCHIRRA are represented by the MM&P Federal Employees Membership Group (FEMG).