USS Taylor renders aid to three Spanish boaters adrift
USS TAYLOR, Meditteranean Sea — USS Taylor (FFG 50) rendered assistance to three stranded Spanish boaters southeast of Gibraltar Aug 2.
USS TAYLOR, Mediterranean Sea, — A Spanish Maritime Safety and Rescue Service helicopter recovers the last of three boaters who were stranded in the Mediterranean Aug 2. USS Taylor (FFG 50) responded to a distress call by the boaters after her forward lookout spotted the men waving a flag and gas can. Taylor is on a scheduled deployment in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 1st Class Edward Kessler)
3 photos: USS TAYLOR, Mediterranean Sea, — A Spanish Maritime Safety and Rescue Service helicopter recovers the last of three boaters who were stranded in the Mediterranean Aug 2. USS Taylor (FFG 50) resp
Photo 1 of 3: USS TAYLOR, Mediterranean Sea, — A Spanish Maritime Safety and Rescue Service helicopter recovers the last of three boaters who were stranded in the Mediterranean Aug 2. USS Taylor (FFG 50) responded to a distress call by the boaters after her forward lookout spotted the men waving a flag and gas can. Taylor is on a scheduled deployment in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 1st Class Edward Kessler) Download full-resolution version
USS TAYLOR, Mediterranean Sea — Sailors from the Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate USS Taylor (FFG 50) provide food and water to stranded Spanish boaters Aug 2. Taylor rendered assistance after her forward lookout spotted the men in distress. Taylor is on a scheduled deployment in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 1st Class Edward Kessler)
3 photos: USS TAYLOR, Mediterranean Sea — Sailors from the Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate USS Taylor (FFG 50) provide food and water to stranded Spanish boaters Aug 2. Taylor rendered assistance after
Photo 2 of 3: USS TAYLOR, Mediterranean Sea — Sailors from the Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate USS Taylor (FFG 50) provide food and water to stranded Spanish boaters Aug 2. Taylor rendered assistance after her forward lookout spotted the men in distress. Taylor is on a scheduled deployment in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 1st Class Edward Kessler) Download full-resolution version
USS TAYLOR, Mediterranean Sea, — A Spanish Maritime Safety and Rescue Service helicopter lowers a rescue swimmer to assist three boaters stranded in the Mediterranean. USS Taylor (FFG 50) responded to a distress call by the boaters after her forward lookout spotted the men waving a flag and gas can Aug 2. Taylor is on a scheduled deployment in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 1st Class Edward Kessler)
3 photos: USS TAYLOR, Mediterranean Sea, — A Spanish Maritime Safety and Rescue Service helicopter lowers a rescue swimmer to assist three boaters stranded in the Mediterranean. USS Taylor (FFG 50) respon
Photo 3 of 3: USS TAYLOR, Mediterranean Sea, — A Spanish Maritime Safety and Rescue Service helicopter lowers a rescue swimmer to assist three boaters stranded in the Mediterranean. USS Taylor (FFG 50) responded to a distress call by the boaters after her forward lookout spotted the men waving a flag and gas can Aug 2. Taylor is on a scheduled deployment in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 1st Class Edward Kessler) Download full-resolution version
USS TAYLOR, Mediterranean Sea, — A Spanish Maritime Safety and Rescue Service helicopter recovers the last of three boaters who were stranded in the Mediterranean Aug 2. USS Taylor (FFG 50) responded to a distress call by the boaters after her forward lookout spotted the men waving a flag and gas can. Taylor is on a scheduled deployment in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 1st Class Edward Kessler)
USS TAYLOR, Mediterranean Sea — Sailors from the Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate USS Taylor (FFG 50) provide food and water to stranded Spanish boaters Aug 2. Taylor rendered assistance after her forward lookout spotted the men in distress. Taylor is on a scheduled deployment in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 1st Class Edward Kessler)
USS TAYLOR, Mediterranean Sea, — A Spanish Maritime Safety and Rescue Service helicopter lowers a rescue swimmer to assist three boaters stranded in the Mediterranean. USS Taylor (FFG 50) responded to a distress call by the boaters after her forward lookout spotted the men waving a flag and gas can Aug 2. Taylor is on a scheduled deployment in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 1st Class Edward Kessler)

USS TAYLOR, Meditteranean Sea — USS Taylor (FFG 50) rendered assistance to three stranded Spanish boaters southeast of Gibraltar Aug 2.

The boaters had experienced a mechanical failure while at sea testing their new rigid hull inflatable boat and had been adrift for approximately 24 hours.

Taylor’s bridge team responded quickly, lowering a small boat. Once on scene, Taylor’s boat crew found the boaters were fully exposed to the elements with minimal water, no food and no fuel.

Taylor’s crew radioed the Spanish Maritime Safety and Rescue Service (SASEMAR) and remained on station providing food and water until a SASEMAR helicopter arrived to render assistance. All three boaters were safely recovered and flown back to shore.

Taylor, an Oliver Hazard Perry class frigate, is commanded by Navy Cmdr. Lyle Hall and is homeported in Mayport, Fla. Taylor is currently on a scheduled deployment in the 6th fleet area of responsibility.

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