USS San Antonio rescues 128 in Mediterranean Sea

USS San Antonio rescues 128 in Mediterranean Sea

Credit: US Navy

MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Oct. 16, 2013) – The amphibious transport dock ship USS San Antonio provides 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)

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by 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on October 16, 2013 at 4:17 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 16 at 7:19 PM

NAPLES, ITALY -- The Norfolk-based USS San Antonio helped rescue 128 people aboard a raft in the central Mediterranean Sea Wednesday, according to the U.S. 6th Fleet.

The Navy says the raft was being rocked by winds and seas when it was spotted by a Maltese patrol aircraft, who requested assistance in rescuing the men.

San Antonio was just over 60 nautical miles away and after arriving her crew began transferring the individuals using two 11-man rigid hull inflatable boats, the Navy said.

According to CNN, The Navy didn't say whether anyone was injured. The Maltese military said the men were migrants from Somalia.

In a tweet the Navy said the San Antonio is providing food, water, medical attention, and temporary shelter to the men.

San Antonio left Norfolk on March 11 and is part of the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group and is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area.

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