SIU-Crewed MSC Vessel Impeccable Rescues 11 Fishermen


August 2015


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As this issue of the LOG went to press, the U.S. Navy reported that the SIU-crewed USNS Impeccable had rescued 11 fishermen while en route to Subic Bay, Philippines, July 19. The rescue happened near Yokosuka, Japan.


The SIU-crewed Impeccable is an oceanographic ship operated by Crowley for the U.S. Military Sealift Command. SIU members sailing aboard the ship during the rescue included Bosun Mustafa Malik, ABs Clifford Blackmon, Alexander Franklin, and Victor Frazier, STOSs Ibrahim Abubaker and Michael Ratigan, Oilers John Stewart, Tristan Jones, and David Myrick, Steward/Baker Elena Lee, Chief Cook Perry Martin and SA Kenneth Huddleston.


According to the Navy, mariners on the Impeccable “spotted personnel on a partially submerged ship and noted debris in the water. The Impeccable master immediately deemed assistance was required and began preparations to deploy their rigid hull inflatable boat (RHIB) to rescue the personnel.”


Vessel master Capt. Robert Wiechert described the operation as “a team effort” featuring civilian mariners, a security detachment, military personnel and representatives from Lockheed Martin “working together to achieve an efficient rescue of all 11 fishermen.”


The RHIB made three trips to the distressed vessel and recovered all 11 individuals. One of the fishermen spoke English, and he confirmed there had been a total of 11 on board.


Once the fishermen were safely aboard the Impeccable, they were examined by medical personnel and given food and water. No serious injuries or illnesses were reported, according to the Navy.


Shortly after the Impeccable arrived in port in Subic Bay on July 20, all 11 fishermen were turned over to the Philippine Coast Guard.



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