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.
“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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