USS Bataan rescues two sailors from aground ship in the Aegean Sea

Posted at 3:34 PM, Mar 08, 2014
and last updated 2014-03-08 15:38:08-05

(CNN) – The USS Bataan rescued two sailors on Saturday from a Turkish-flagged container vessel that had run aground in the Aegean Sea and was listing, the Navy said in a news release.

After the call, at about 10:30 a.m., the multipurpose amphibious assault ship dispatched a helicopter to the site, where Greece’s Hellenic Coast Guard had already arrived, the Navy said.

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“Upon request for assistance, the aircraft lowered a rescue swimmer and recovered two Turkish mariners and returned to Bataan,” it said.

After the two men underwent a medical evaluation aboard the ship, they were transferred to the Hellenic Coast Guard.

The Bataan Amphibious Readiness Group is supporting maritime security operations, providing crisis response capability and theater security efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations.