CIVMARS from the SIU Government Services Division helped rescue two fishermen who’d been stuck at sea for more than a week.
On Nov. 27, the USNS Charles Drew was involved in a rescue in the Gulf of Oman. The dry cargo ship received word of a distress call at 10 a.m. local time from Combined Maritime Forces, an international maritime coalition headquartered in Bahrain. The Charles Drew proceeded to the site of a stranded fishing vessel, and provided food, water and medical care to the two occupants – who had been adrift at sea for eight days. The men from the disabled craft were then transported to an Omani coast guard vessel. “This is what we are trained and ready to do,” said Vice Adm. Brad Cooper, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, U.S. 5th Fleet and Combined Maritime Forces. “As professional mariners, we have a responsibility to help people in need at sea. We appreciate the government of Oman for its assistance and support in helping us return the mariners home.”