U.S. Warship Rescues Filipino Fishermen
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MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A U.S. Navy warship rescued five Filipino fishermen Wednesday after helicopter pilots spotted them flashing a lighter in the middle of the night while standing on the roof of their sinking boat, officials said.
A Navy helicopter discovered the fishermen in international waters just after midnight, hours after the fishing boat started taking on water, said Tina Malone, a U.S. Embassy spokeswoman in Manila.
The guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell, which was closest to the scene, launched two boats to rescue them.
Malone said the fishermen were given a checkup and found to be in good health. They will be brought ashore when the USS McCampbell arrives in Manila on Wednesday as part of a five-day goodwill visit by the USS George Washington aircraft carrier strike group.
The carrier and accompanying warships are patrolling the South China Sea in a show of American power in waters where Chi
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