Successful assistance to local mariners in need

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Anthea Baczkowski (author), ABIS Jake Badior (author)

Topic(s): Operation MANITOU

HMAS Success' Clearance Diving Team prepare to dive on a distressed vessel with a cracked hull in the Middle East Region.  Success came to the vessel's assistance while carrying out patrol and surveillance operations in support of Combined Task Force 150 Counter Narcotics Operations. (photo: ABIS Jake Badior)
HMAS Success' Clearance Diving Team prepare to dive on a distressed vessel with a cracked hull in the Middle East Region. Success came to the vessel's assistance while carrying out patrol and surveillance operations in support of Combined Task Force 150 Counter Narcotics Operations.

HMAS Success and her boarding team came to the rescue of a local cargo dhow in the Middle East on 10 February after responding to a distress call and finding the vessel taking on water.
 
Technical experts amongst the boarding party determined that a hull leak was flooding the dhow’s bilge; but they couldn’t get to the source of the leak.
 
Success’ Clearance Divers carried out emergency repairs to the dhow’s hull below the waterline.
 
Able Seaman Clearance Diver Daniel Lavermicocca worked as daylight faded and swell pitched the vessel.

Able Seaman Clearance Diver Daniel Lavermicocca onboard an HMAS Success Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat.

Able Seaman Clearance Diver Daniel Lavermicocca onboard an HMAS Success Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat.


“With the shadow cast by the dhow's hull as the vessel rolled in the swell of at least three to four metres, it took two dives to locate the source of the leak,” Able Seaman Lavermicocca said.
 
Boarding Officer Sub Lieutenant Tom Matthews was glad for the challenge.
 
“This was a great opportunity both to assist local mariners and for valuable interaction with local crews while our techo’s and divers were repairing the damage,” he said.
 
Language interpreter Able Seaman Electrical Technician Bilawal Chandio who liaised with the vessel’s owner over HF radio said all were grateful.
 
“The company owner passed his blessings to Success’ crew and thanked us repeatedly for the assistance that ensured the continuing safety of his employees.”

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