EU NAVFOR rescues seaman in Gulf of Aden and provides MEDEVAC to hospital in DjiboutiAugust 2, 2010 - 15:14
After an emergency call on the radio, from the merchant ship Cantabrian, EU NAVFOR warship SPS Victoria launched her helicopter to rescue a seaman in acute need of medical care.
Just after lunch time today, the 2 of August, EU NAVFOR received an emergency call from a merchant vessel in the western part of Gulf of Aden. There was a seaman on board the Liberian-flagged MV Cantabrian that had suspected appendicitis. EU NAVFOR warship SPS Victoria, the closest unit to Cantabrian, was tasked to make a medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) with its helicopter.
Victoria’s helicopter picked up the ill seaman and is now, after a short landing for refuelling, on its way to a hospital in Djibouti. The seaman, whose condition is serious but stable, is from Myanmar.
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