NAPLES, Italy (WAVY) - More than one hundred people were rescued by Norfolk-based USS San Antonio Wednesday near Malta in the Mediterranean Sea.
According to the Navy , a raft was being rocked by wind and seas when it was spotted by a Maltese patrol aircraft. The Maltese government contacted several ships in the area, as well as U.S. 6th Fleet in Naples, asking for help rescuing the people aboard the raft.
USS San Antonio (LPD 17) was about 60 nautical miles away when she got the call to assist. The amphibious transport dock ship arrived on the scene and crew members used two 11-man rigid hull inflatable boats to transfer people from the raft.
The Navy said 128 men between the ages of 20 and 30 were rescued. The USS San Antonio crew gave them food, water, medical attention, and temporary shelter.
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