Skip to comments.U.S. Navy Rescues Fisherman Adrift for Eight Days in South Pacific
Posted on 02/24/2018 7:28:51 AM PST by Oatka
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The U.S. Navy on Tuesday assisted in the rescue three fishermen who spent eight days adrift aboard their 19-foot skiff in the South Pacific.
The fishermen were first reported missing on February 12 after they failed to return from a fishing trip near Chuuk Lagoon in the Federated States of Micronesia. According to the report, the boat carried food and water, but no safety equipment or radios.
Assets from U.S. Coast Guard Sector Guam searched for the vessel for several days before requesting assistance from the U.S. Navy, which tasked crewmembers assigned to the Fighting Tigers of Patrol Squadron Eight (VP-8) to conduct the search.
The VP-8 aircrew, using a P-8A Poseidon, the Navys newest maritime patrol aircraft, located the boat within just three hours and successfully dropped a UNI-PAC II Search and Rescue (SAR) kit to the survivors.
The UNI-PAC II kit is a new addition to the Navys maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft fleet and contains items like medical supplies, food, water, communications and signaling equipment, among other items. The kit is deployed at approximately 500 feet with a 150-yard trailing lanyard to deliver equipment as accurately as possible to survivors in the water. In this case, the deployment actually marks the first time the kit had been successfully deployed by a P-8A in real-world SAR operations.
The three survivors were picked up by a local police vessel a few hours after being located Navy aircrew.
It was incredibly rewarding to be a part of saving lives its what everyone joins the Navy to do, said Lt. Miles Schumacher, tactical coordinator of the VP-8 aircrew. This aircraft allows for a massive step forward in the ability of SAR units to search large areas quickly and effectively, and we were excited to have the SAR kit loaded and be able to prove its effectiveness. We successfully demonstrated the capability of the MPRA community to react quickly and effectively to operational requirements in the farthest corners of the globe. Hopefully, this is just the first of many successful rescues by P-8A Poseidon aircrews.
It was incredibly rewarding to be a part of saving lives its what everyone joins the Navy to do,
WTF? The Navy’s job is killing the enemy and breaking his stuff.
Chuuk Lagoon is the new name for Truk Lagoon, the bottom of which bears ample testimony to the true purpose of the United States Navy.
Join the Navy. See the world. Meet interesting people and blow the crap out of them.
I'm glad the guys were rescued but a judge should still sentence them to a month, or so of community service.
Glad they didnt collide with the fishing boat.
According to Wikipedia (FWIW) VP8 is based at JAX. They must be on a WESTPAC.
The lieutenant seems to have a fundamental lack of knowledge about the purpose of a navy. If he wanted to save lives, he should have joined the CG. I hope to God most people joined the Navy to protect our country and destroy our enemies if called upon to do so, not "save lives."
Glad the Navy sent an airplane, a ship could have been lethal.
Being this stupid, they're lucky to be alive.
“Join the Navy. See the world. Meet interesting people and blow the crap out of them.”
As soon as they start taking men as old as I, I’ll be shipping over.
Hell, I’ve been retired for almost 20 years.
“Chuuk Lagoon is the new name for Truk Lagoon, the bottom of which bears ample testimony to the true purpose of the United States Navy.”
I wonder how many men like that walk among us today.
Boy,one of those guys had been chowing down on mutton flaps! He could have survived a long time waiting for help.
Silly me...I thought the job of a Navy was to kill bad people and break their things, with lifesaving as an occasional additional duty!
I seem to recall my dad was based out of Truk for awhile after they had captured it. He was on a mine-sweeper. He said they had depth charges and would practice. “We never did - but we were sure itching to go after a Jap sub! The only thing we killed were sharks. And a lot of mines I guess.”
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