EU NAVFOR WARSHIP PROVIDES VITAL MEDICAL AID TO FISHERMENJuly 17, 2018 - 14:18
EU NAVFOR is committed to the mariners code of preserving life at sea. We remain on standby to provide crucial medical aid and assistance when required.
On the 16th of July, an urgent request came in to EU NAVFOR warship ESPS Meteoro to provide medical assistance to a passing Dhow. Several of the crew of 16 fishermen were experiencing extreme and unexplained stomach pain. The highly skilled Spanish medical personnel onboard ESPS Meteoro quickly and assertively responded to the request which was coordinated by the EU NAVFOR Headquarters.
Once onboard the Somali vessel, the fishermen were quickly diagnosed and treated. This allowed the other crew to discuss local issues in the area and address any concerns they had. The medical team onboard ESPS Meteoro are responsible for up to 90 personnel and responding to additional requests.The fisherman have now returned to their day jobs after thanking the Spanish medics.
Events such as this not only help preserve life, they also develop a greater understanding of the pattern of life of local seafarers and strengthen mutual trust and cooperation. Since the start of Operation Atalanta in 2008, EU Naval Force warships have met with and assisted many local seafarers and helped to strengthen mutual understanding.
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