Navy Ship Rescues Moroccans In Mediterranean

By Salon Staff

Published January 26, 2012 8:36AM (EST)

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A Navy ship served as a Good Samaritan after a vessel carrying 10 Moroccan mariners capsized in the Mediterranean Sea.

The Navy says sailors and Marines on the amphibious transport dock ship Mesa Verde, based in Norfolk, Va., brought the mariners aboard their ship Tuesday. The stranded mariners told them their boat had capsized in rough seas, leaving them without food or water for three days and no offers of help from passing vessels.

The Navy said in a release that the ship's medical staff treated the Moroccans for hypothermia and dehydration. The mariners were later turned over to the Spanish coast guard.

The Mesa Verde is part of the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group. The ships are returning home from a 10-month assignment.

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