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USS Denver Provides Medical Assistance to Fisherman in Central Persian Gulf

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Story Number: NNS070831-05
Release Date: 8/31/2007 11:17:00 AM

From U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/U.S. 5th Fleet Public Affairs

USS DENVER, At Sea (NNS) -- Crew members from USS Denver (LPD 9) rendered medical assistance to an ailing fisherman aboard a Qatari-flagged dhow Aug. 30 while conducting Maritime Security Operations (MSO) in the Central Persian Gulf.

The fishing dhow, Al Junbi, approached Denver with its crew members on deck waving their arms for assistance. Through a translator, the dhow’s master communicated that one of his fisherman had a fever and chest pains. Denver dispatched two hospital corpsmen to Al Junbi.

“It’s known in the region that coalition forces are a source of assistance to fisherman,” said Denver’s Commanding Officer, Captain Joe Clarkson. “In this case, Al Junbi’s captain knew that he could come to us for medical assistance for his crew member. Assisting mariners in distress is a tradition among professional mariners and I’m proud of my crew’s team work to help the fisherman. I believe our presence out here made a difference in his life.”

Hospital Corpsman 1st Class (SW/AW) Sal Vallebo, of San Diego, and Hospital Corpsmen 3rd Class (SW) David Robledo, of Houston, assessed the fisherman’s health through taking his vital signs and asking questions about his medical history. The corpsmen relayed that information to Denver’s doctor who provided further instruction to the corpsmen.

The corpsman helped hydrate the fisherman, gave him medication and instructed the dhow’s master to return to port as soon as possible to seek further medical evaluation.

Denver’s visit, board, search and seizure teams were conducting Interaction Patrols (IPATS) at the time the dhow approached Denver. IPATS are an element of MSO which help generate support and awareness amongst commercial vessels sailing in the region of the Coalition’s efforts to ensure a safe and secure maritime environment. Coalition forces also conduct MSO under international maritime conventions to ensure security and safety in international waters so that commercial shipping and fishing can occur safely in the region.

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