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U.S. sailors serving in the Persian Gulf helped Saudi fisherman untangled fishing nets from their boat’s motor Tuesday, Navy officials said.

In spite of poor visibility, sailors aboard the amphibious transport dock USS Austin noted a distress signal from five crewmembers on the Saudi Arabian fishing boat Riviera, according to a U.S. Navy 5th Fleet statement released Thursday.

Five divers from Detachment 2 of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 2, aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Nassau, were sent to help. Petty Officer 1st Class Mike Manthey and Petty Officer 2nd Class Nate Gregrow spent about two hours to cut through most of the heavy gauge wire mesh, which then allowed another fishing boat to tow the Saudi vessel to shore, officials said.

Children’s ‘zipper pulls’ sold at AAFES recalledA children’s accessory that was sold through the Army and Air Force Exchange Service in the past few years was recalled Tuesday after it was found that the merchandise contains high levels of lead in the metal and paint of the product, posing a risk of lead poisoning for young kids.

The “zipper pulls” — designed to attach to a backpack, a key ring or zippers on clothing — were sold through AAFES from March 2002 to September for between $2 and $4, according to a recall notice sent out Tuesday by California-based manufacturers Stravina Operating Co.

The toy was silver-colored and personalized with different names in various colors, the notice states.

Any zipper pulls should be immediately taken away from children. Consumers can contact Stravina for a free replacement by calling 800-964-0029 in the States between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. PST. Customers also can visit the company’s Web site at to for more information.

There have been no incidents or injuries reported with the zipper pulls or a personalized metal necklace not sold through AAFES facilities that is also being recalled, according to the notice.


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