Stranded in Persian Gulf
The personnel of U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln, the U.S. aircraft carrier currently positioned in the Persian Gulf, today helped repair a stranded Iranian fishing boat that was carrying nine crewmembers. A U.S. military helicopter stationed on the carrier spotted the boat after its crew sent out a distress call and started waiving a cloth. The U.S. Navy personnel boarded the Iranian dhow and repaired the ship’s overheated engine.
“After ensuring the dhow was operational, and the crew was safe with sufficient amounts of food, water and fuel to continue its transit, the (U.S.) teams departed the scene and returned to their ships," said a statement issued by the U.S. Navy [Reuters, 31 January].