12MAY93--NNS368. Quick Action by Sigonella Sailors Saves Two Lives NAS Sigonella, Sicily (NNS) -- The quick action of two sailors from Patrol Squadron Eleven's (VP-11) Combat Aircrew Eight (CAC-8) saved the lives of two Lebanese women who nearly drowned while swimming in the Red Sea May 1. While on detachment to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, the crew decided to visit the beach at a Red Sea resort in northern Jeddah. Shortly after arriving, the crew heard screams from two Lebanese women who had drifted out into the sea and were being pulled farther out by an extremely strong undercurrent. Aviation Anti-Submarine Warfare Operator 2nd Class Barry Austin, a search and rescue trained swimmer, dove into the water and began swimming out to the women while LT Tom Kolp ran down to a nearby jetty and tossed a life ring with a tow line toward the women. One at a time, Austin towed the women against the current until the life ring could be retrieved. Kolp then towed the women to shore. The women were both uninjured. "It was a combination of factors that caused the situation," said Austin. "Poor conditions with the breaking waves, and a treacherous current and weak swimmers." Story by VP-11 Public Affairs..."
May 04 2000 12:32:06:000AM