By Lieutenant Andrew Orchard From Commander, Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Seventh Fleet (CTF 72)
ANGELES CITY, Philippines – Two U.S. Navy Sailors came to the assistance of an injured child while on liberty in the Philippines, 5 Feb.
Lt. j.g. Joshua Stokes, assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 45 and Lt. Chris Davis, assigned to Reconnaissance Force Seventh Fleet detachment Kadena, were at a wake boarding facility near Angeles City, Republic of the Philippines, when they heard loud screams nearby.
Both Sailors rushed to the water’s edge and found the young child being carried from the water by a struggling family member. The child was suffering severe facial lacerations after being violently struck by a wake boarder.
Stokes carried the child ashore and to a nearby building while Davis notified the facility’s staff and coordinated their assistance. Both Sailors then administered first aid until a van arrived to transport the child to a local hospital.
Stokes and Davis are in the Philippines with Combined Task Unit 72.2, providing P3-C Orion support to the salvage of USS Guardian (MCM 5), which ran aground 17 Jan. The P3-C Orion is a maritime patrol aircraft and is flying from Clark Air Base, near Angeles City.