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Canadian Ship Rescues 18 in Persian Gulf

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Story Number: NNS061204-13
Release Date: 12/4/2006 3:27:00 PM

From Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command Public Affairs

PERSIAN GULF (NNS) -- Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Ottawa rescued all 18 crew members of a sinking Indian-flagged dhow Dec. 1 after receiving a distress call in the Southern Persian Gulf.

The dhow’s crew radioed that they had been unable to stem flooding. After Ottawa arrived on scene, its crew found the dhow already submerged more than five feet and adrift without electrical power. Ottawa Sailors quickly assessed the vessel was in imminent danger of sinking.

Despite efforts of both crews to curtail the flooding, it was soon decided that the dhow’s crew needed to abandon the vessel. Ottawa crew members brought all the Indian crew aboard the patrol craft and immediately provided a medical assessment. Fortunately, none of the dhow’s crew members sustained injuries during the incident.

While aboard, Ottawa’s crew provided the rescued crew members with warm blankets, food and beverages.

Ottawa proceeded to a regional port, where it transported the dhow’s crew ashore. The crew will eventually return to their homeport in India. The cause of the flooding is unknown at this time.

Ottawa is currently conducting maritime security operations (MSO) in regional waters. The West Coast-based patrol frigate departed Canada Sept. 10 and is scheduled to return in mid-March. This is Canada’s 20th naval deployment in support of MSO.

MSO help set the conditions for security and stability in the maritime environment, as well as complement the counter-terrorism and security efforts of regional nations. These operations deny international terrorists use of the maritime environment as a venue for attack or to transport personnel, weapons or other material.

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