Posted June 13, 2018 07:53:33In an attempt to rescue the Jeep Wrangler Wrangler Unlimited and the Jeep Cherokee, a group of former Navy SEALs are trying to free a group from the Indonesian island of Sumatra.
The former Navy Seal team, led by Capt. Mark Kiefer, will take the Jeep onto a boat and cross the sea.
The team, which has no history with the Australian government, has had a long history with Kiefers father, retired SEAL Col. Mark.
The former Navy Seals and his son-in-law, Lance Corporal William W. Kiefering, were members of the Royal Australian Navy’s elite special operations unit, Task Force 21, and the Australian Defence Force’s elite Special Operations Regiment.
The Australian military has confirmed they are assisting with the rescue mission.
“The Australian Defence Forces has been notified and is assisting the Australian Government in its response to the rescue operation,” the statement said.
“In accordance with the law and protocol, the Australian Federal Police and Australian Federal Emergency Management Agency will not comment on operational matters.”
The rescue operation, which is part of the search for a missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner that vanished in March, is expected to last up to three days.
The Indonesian island is home to some of the world’s largest coral reefs.
The island has been hit by storms and flooding, with a massive coral cover that has been damaged by saltwater intrusion.
Kiefering told The Irish Post he and his colleagues are looking for a boat to cross the ocean to the Indonesian port of Surabaya.
“There’s no other way to cross that river,” Kieferer said.
The rescue boat will be carrying supplies for the rescue team, including food, water and tents.
Kiesers son- in-law said the team will also be taking photographs, to document the rescue effort.
“We’ll have a couple of cameras that we’ll put on the boat,” Lance Corporals William W Kiefing and Lance Corporant Mark Kieler said.
They said they are not aware of any Australian government officials or police involvement in the operation.
Kielers father was the first American to ever reach the remote island.
He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his bravery in action against a Taliban guerrilla group, but his unit was later stripped of the decoration.