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Off Duty Marine Saves Local Man from Drowning While Deployed to Africa

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Marine Corps EGA Eagle, Globe and AnchorBy Staff Sgt. Bryan Peterson, Marine Corps Forces Africa

DAKAR, Senegal —  A U.S. Marine saved a Senegalese man from drowning last night near a busy restaurant.

At 8 p.m. Aug. 28, U.S. Marine Cpl. Matthew A. Sprankle saw a man struggling to keep his head above water about 150 meters from the shore, while eating at a local restaurant with a group of Marines.

After witnessing an unsuccessful rescue attempt from another Senegalese, Sprankle grabbed a flotation device and jumped from the pier and swam to his location.

Sprankle returned to shore with the Senegalese man. No medical attention was required for Sprankle or the man.

U.S. Marines and sailors with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa Detachment A are currently in Dakar conducting partner-nation training with the Senegalese military.

For more information, please contact SPMAGTF-CR-AF Public Affairs Officer Capt. Hector Alejandro at hector.alejandro@usmc.mil.

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