CAMP SMITH, Hawai‘i — A branch of the U.S. military conducted an airdrop rescue mission at sea to provide medical assistance for two injured crew members on board a Panamanian-flagged merchant vessel “Occam Razor” shortly after 1 p.m. yesterday.
The rescue mission took place approximately 750 miles north of Guam, after two crewmembers from Occam Razor suffered injuries while working, according to a news release provided by Pacific Command.
One crewmember suffered severe head trauma, while the other complained of severe pain in his kidneys.
Special Operations Command Pacific’s 353rd Special Operations Group and 320th Special Tactics Squadron, both based in Kadena, Okinawa, along with Pacific Air Force’s 31st Rescue Squadron, responded to the call for assistance.
An MC-130 Special Operations cargo aircraft with nine personnel airdropped a six-person rescue team and an inflatable watercraft for boarding the vessel. The six-person rescue team stabilized the crewmembers for transfer to a hospital in Guam.