Tuesday, December 19, 2006
A passing US Navy ship has rescued three Filipino fishermen who had survived in rough seas for five days, officials said Tuesday. The USNS Rappahannock (T-AO 204) was en route to Singapore in the South China Sea off the Philippine coast Monday night when it spotted the men holding onto the top of their overturned fishing vessel and signalling for help.
USNS Rappahannock (T-AO 204)A rescue boat was dispatched to pluck the men from the sea. They were later handed over to authorities in the former US naval base of Subic north of Manila. "It's like a miracle. They were all lucky to survive for several days," US navy rescuer Craig Johnson told reporters here. "They were freezing and very weak at the time when we rescued them." The fishermen said they had been at sea for five days after big waves overturned their vessel.