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US Navy rescues Yemeni cargo vessel adrift in the Sea of Oman
July 30, 2014 , 9 : 05 pm GST
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The crew from Asaed, the Yemeni-flagged cargo vessel, requested assistance and the US Navy ship Byrd was the first ship to reach the scene.–Supplied photo
A US Navy ship rescued nine crew members from a Yemeni-flagged cargo vessel that had lost power, and was sinking. The ship was adrift in the Sea of Oman on Monday morning, the navy said in a statement.
The crew from Asaed, the Yemeni-flagged cargo vessel, requested assistance and the US Navy ship Byrd was the first ship to reach the scene. "Asaed crew members left their vessel via the ship's own lifeboat and manoeuvred to Byrd, where they were safely rescued," the statement said.
There were no reports of casualties or injuries to personnel. The Yemeni sailors are being further evaluated by Byrd's medical team. The navy will coordinate the sailors' transfer ashore.
US vessel Byrd is currently on a scheduled deployment to the US 5th Fleet area of operation, conducting maritime security operations and security cooperation efforts in the action theatre area.
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