28 Feb '15, 9am

BZ! #USNavy USS Kauffman Sailors save stranded mariners

CARIBBEAN SEA (NNS) -- The guided-missile frigate USS Kauffman (FFG 59) rescued six stranded fishermen set adrift in the western Caribbean Sea when their ship experienced engine trouble on Feb. 21. The all-Colombian crew was stranded aboard their fishing vessel DELTA 1 when their diesel engine suffered a catastrophic failure 175 miles northwest of Cartagena, Colombia. Their safety was at risk as weather conditions were rapidly declining; sea heights were building to a forecasted 12-foot height which placed the wayward vessel at risk. "We had to act quickly and decisively when we arrived on station and evaluated the condition of DELTA 1, her crew and the weather," said Cmdr. Michael Concannon, commanding officer of USS Kauffman. "Safety of life at sea is of the upmost concern to all mariners. Our immediate assistance was necessary for the vessel and sailors to be taken out ...

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