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The USS Essex medical staff has treated an Iraqi man with serious head injuries who was rescued by a British ship on Monday.

The HMS Marlborough rescued the injured crewmember from the Iraqi-flagged dhow while conducting routine operations in the North Arabian Gulf near the Khawr Al Amaya Oil Terminal, stated a news report from the Essex.

The USS Typhoon received a distress call from the dhow at approximately 7:35 p.m. and radioed Marlborough. The Marlborough dispatched a medical officer and small-boat boarding team, the report added.

One of the dhow’s 10 crewmembers, struck on the head by a winch handle while hauling in fishing nets, was knocked overboard, the report stated. The injured crewmember was unconscious when recovered and was helicoptered from the Marlborough to the Essex for further treatment.

“The rescued Iraqi remains in critical condition,” the report stated, and was to be transferred to a medical facility ashore.

The Essex is an amphibious assault ship. However, with 15 intensive-care unit beds and 36 additional beds in its hospital ward, the massive ship’s secondary mission is to provide high-level hospital care.

The Essex Expeditionary Strike Group is part of Task Force 50, currently operating in the Arabian Gulf with other coalition forces in support of operations in Iraq.

The strike group, composed of the Essex, USS Harpers Ferry and USS Juneau, operates from Sasebo Naval Base, Japan.

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