US Navy rescues mariners in Gulf of Oman

MANAMA, Bahrain — The cargo ship USNS Richard E. Byrd rescued nine crewmembers from a Yemeni-flagged cargo vessel adrift in the Gulf of Oman Monday, the U.S. 5th Fleet said.

There were no reports of casualties or injuries, a statement said.

The Byrd was the first on the scene after the crew from the vessel Asaed requested assistance. The ship had lost power and was taking on water. Crew members abandoned the ship onto a life raft and made their way to the Byrd.

The Byrd is currently on a scheduled deployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility in support of maritime security operations.



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