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Rescued sailors being treated at UCSD burn center

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The two Chinese sailors burned at sea have been transported to UCSD Medical Center the night of Monday, May 5, 2014. The two Chinese sailors burned at sea have been transported to UCSD Medical Center the night of Monday, May 5, 2014.

SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Two badly burned Chinese sailors were transported to San Diego following a dramatic rescue at sea. They were found floating on a raft with other crew members after their ship caught fire and sank off Mexico.

The two sailors arrived by ambulance to UCSD's Burn Unit around 8:15 p.m. Monday. CBS News 8 has learned they have 2nd and 3rd degree burns on their bodies. One has damage to his airways.

The Air Force made the rescue, saying it was a complicated mission because of how far out they were, but it's one rescuers were ready for.

Located 1,100 nautical miles off the Mexican coast, pictures capture the moment Air Force rescue specialists parachuted in to rescue two badly burned sailors aboard Venezuelan ship.

The 563rd rescue group based out of Davis-Monthan in Tucson, Arizona was notified about the mission on Friday. By Saturday, 49 members from the group headed out flying 11 hours as they crossed over the Pacific Ocean.

Those two patients were among 11 Chinese sailors initially discovered floating in a life raft by the Venezuelans. They are presumed to have escaped from their vessel following a fire. Seven of them were in good condition, four were badly injured and of the four, two succumbed to their injuries.

The survivors are being flown to North Island. Once they arrive late Monday night, they'll be transported to UCSD’s Burn Unit.

Air Force officials say while the mission was complex in terms of distance and the challenges of communication, it's exactly what they're trained to do.

The Coast Guard is assisting with the logistics of this mission.

The rescued Chinese sailors who were not injured are already on their way back to China. Six sailors are still missing.
 
The sailors are expected to survive. There is a language barrier and the sailors cannot speak English. Customs agent responded to allow the injured sailors into the U.S. The assistant to the Chinese consulate was also at the hospital.

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