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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 the Reconnaissance Force 7th Fleet detachment at Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, were at a wake boarding facility near Angeles City 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.