US team aids injured Chinese sailors in Pacific

PHOENIX (AP) — A spokeswoman at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base says rescuers from southern Arizona have reached two critically injured Chinese sailors whose boat sunk in the Pacific Ocean.

Sarah Schwennesen said Sunday that a Venezuelan fishing boat found the sailors floating in a raft Saturday morning after their vessel sank off the coast of Mexico. She says the sailors were burned in either a fire or explosion.

It's unclear how many other crew members were aboard the sunken Chinese boat or if there were fatalities.

Schwennesen says airmen from the 563rd Rescue Group stabilized the sailors overnight. They will be hoisted onto helicopters Sunday and flown to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, 1,100 nautical miles east of the Venezuelan vessel. They will then be taken to a burn unit in La Jolla, California.

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