Aircraft carrier jumps to the rescue of distressed mariners

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U.S. Navy’s Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (Ike) rescued distressed mariners at sea, February 7.

Ike received a distress call via bridge-to-bridge communications from the U.S.-flagged sailing vessel (S/V) Selket. The vessel was located 40-miles from Miami, with reports of a broken mast and smoke in the engine room.

Due to the state of the sailing vessel and rough seas, Ike launched a helicopter from embarked Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 9 (HSC-9)(Tridents) to rescue the crew of five.

The mariners were medically evaluated aboard Ike before being transferred to U.S. officials at U.S. Coast Guard Station Opa Locka.

Assisting mariners in distress is the responsibility of all vessels at sea, even warships.

Captain Paul Spedero Jr., Ike’s commanding officer, said: “Responding to mariners in distress is an inherent obligation of the U.S. Navy; a duty we take very seriously. I am glad that we were in the right place at the right time to rescue these mariners. I couldn’t be more proud of the professionalism and performance displayed by the Ike-Trident team.”

Dwight D. Eisenhower is currently underway preparing for the upcoming Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) and conducting carrier qualifications.

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