Frigate Yueyang rescues damaged fishing boat in South China Sea

China Military Online
Zhang Tao

File Photo: The guided-missile frigate "Yueyang" was underway participating in the "Rim of the Pacific 2014" multinational military exercise organized by the U.S. navy at the Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

SOUTH CHINA SEA, March 14 (ChinaMil) -- The guide-missile frigate Yueyang of the PLA Navy successfully helped out a fishing boat by repairing the damaged hull and treating the wounded crew member on the afternoon of March 8, 2016.

The guided-missile frigate Yueyang, assigned to a destroyer flotilla with the South China Sea Fleet of the PLA Navy, received the distress signal from a fishing boat whose hull number was Yue Taishan No. 62268 at 17:00 on that day.

At that moment, the frigate was performing missions in a sea area in the South China Sea, However, Wang Wenwu, commander of the frigate Yueyang and vice chief of staff of the destroyer flotilla, ordered the frigate to go to the incident area immediately.

According to Chen Yaozhuan, captain of the fishing boat, the fishing boat was caught in heavy storm waves a few days ago. The king tower of the refrigeration house onboard fell off and damaged the refrigeration pipe of the freezing pump, which disabled the refrigeration house. The food onboard begun to spoil, the communication equipment and satellite phones were all damaged. Moreover, one crew member was seriously injured, the captain added.

After inspecting the damage on fishing boat, the guided-missile frigate Yueyang sent maintenance crew members to the fishing boat to help repair the damaged refrigeration house. Meanwhile, the signalmen cleared the faults of the communication equipment and satellite phones of the fishing boat. The corpsman treated the wounded sailor.

"We would have had no choice but to go home in advance if we had not met the naval ship, and our direct economic loss would have been about 1 million yuan (around US$153,846) ", Captain Chen Yaozhuan said.

He was very excited when receiving vegetables and frozen meat donated by the PLA Navy."Thank you! The PLA Navy is just the guardian of Chinese fishermen!" Captain Chen Yaozhuan kept saying.

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