Sailors from San Diego-based USS Spruance rescue Filipino mariner who fell overboard from his ship

Rescue occurred in Singapore Strait

SAN DIEGO - Sailors from the San Diego-based USS Spruance rescued a Filipino mariner who fell overboard from his ship in the Singapore Strait, Navy officials said Sunday.

Someone aboard the Malaysian-flagged motor vessel "Pantagruel" placed a distress call to the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer about 7:25 a.m. Saturday and reported man overboard, according to Task Force 70 public affairs.

The Spruance's crew launched a rigid-hull-inflatable boat and its sailors were able to recover the mariner before he drowned. He was transferred to a Singapore Police Coast Guard vessel, Navy officials said.

"I'm very proud of my crew for their quick reaction and professionalism," the ship's commanding officer, Cmdr. Dan Cobian said. "We consistently train for these type of situations in order to always be prepared to render assistance on the high seas."

USS Spruance and its crew of about 260 officers and enlisted personnel left San Diego Oct. 16 for the ship's maiden deployment to the Western Pacific to conduct security operations with other nations, according to the Navy.

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