Australian sub surfaces in PH waters due to sick crew member

Posted at 06/11/14 11:58 AM

MANILA - An Australian submarine surfaced near Marabut, Samar on Sunday to unload a crew member who was sick.

The incident happened about 3 nautical miles off Marabut, Armed Forces Central Command spokesperson Lt. Jim Alagao said.

"It unloaded a patient with appendicitis, probably a crew," he said.

Cmdr. Gregory Gerald Fabic, Philippine Navy public affairs office chief, said the Philippine Navy first received a call from Australian authorities requesting permission for the medical evacuation of a crew member.

"Basically, it was in transit when they requested medevac. They are in international waters. Through central command, naval forces central was directed to provide the assistance. DF339 made a rendezvous with the Australian submarine at the vicinity of Marabut, Samar," he said.

He said the Australian crew member was first brought to Tacloban Doctors Hospital and then later brought to Manila to undergo treatment. The crew member is now in stable condition, he said.

The Navy spokesman said the Australian submarine left after unloading the patient.