US Navy ship rescues Filipino mariners

MANILA—The Impeccable-class ocean surveillance ship USNS Impeccable (T-AGOS-23) rescued 11 fishermen while in route to Subic Bay July 19.

Impeccable sailors 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.

“This was a team effort with civilian mariners, SECDET [security detachment], MILDET [military detachment] and Lockheed Martin working together to achieve an efficient rescue of all 11 fishermen,” said Robert Wiechert, Impeccable’s Master.

The RHIB made three trips to the distressed vessel and recovered all 11 individuals.

“One of the crew members spoke English,” said Lt. Cory Hilgart, the theater anti-submarine watch officer. “He told the Impeccable crew that they were fishermen from the Subic Bay region. He confirmed that there were only 11 on board.”

Once the mariners were brought aboard Impeccable, they were examined by medical personnel and given food and water. No serious injuries or illnesses were reported.

Shortly after Impeccable arrived in port in Subic Bay, all 11 mariners were turned over to the Philippine Coast Guard.#