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.