An Australian frigate rescued three Filipino sailors who were wounded during a fire on their oil tanker in the Somali Basin, according to a report by the Herald Sun on Tuesday.
It said the sailors were injured from the machinery fire on the Liberian-registered merchant tanker Perla last week.
The guided-missile frigate Newcastle of the Royal Australian Navy was called in to help the sailors. The report quoted Newcastle Commander Paul O’Grady as saying that the fire had left the oil tanker powerless, adrift and vulnerable to pirate attack.
The Newcastle was conducting maritime security operations in the region as part of collaboration between the French and Spanish Navies.
The report said Filipino-born Able Seaman John Baguio, a member of the ship’s medical team, reassured the injured sailors over radio.
It said Navy medics were able to winch aboard the Perla and recover two men with second and third degree burns to their face, head, shoulders and hands. They also treated a third man who had a second degree burn to his arm.
The pair is now recovering in a Seychelles hospital.