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San Diego-Based USS Spruance Crew Rescues Man Overboard

Photo credit: U.S. Navy

Lt. j.g. Katherine Miyamasu of USS Spruance provides water to a rescued Filipino mariner, Jan. 18, 2014.

San Diego-based USS Spruance crew members rescued a Filipino mariner who'd fallen overboard in the Singapore Strait on Jan. 18.

According to a news release from Commander, Task Force 70 Public Affairs, a Malaysian-flagged boat, the Pantagruel, sent out a distress call to the Spruance when one of its crew fell overboard.

Spruance sailors immediately launched the ship's rigid-hull-inflatable boat. The sailors on board the boat located the stranded mariner, pulled him on board, and tended to his medical needs.

The Spruance sailors then delivered the man to the Singapore Police Coast Guard.

Lt. j.g. Katherine Miyamasu, Spruance's boat officer, said of the rescue:

"The boat crew did an excellent job reacting to a stressful situation.

"[Boatswain's Mate First Class] Jesus Hernandez spotted the man from the (rigid-hull-inflatable boat) and everyone else sprang into action. It was a great day to be in the Navy."

The USS Spruance departed Naval Base San Diego for its deployment to the 7th Fleet area of operations on Oct. 16, 2013.

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