Sick crewmember is lifted from pirated vessel in Joint Naval OperationDecember 17, 2010 - 15:00
In the early morning of 17 December, the Combined Maritime Force (CMF) joined forces with EUNAVFOR to evacuate a crew member from the MV Hannibal II after reports were received that he had a possible appendicitis.
The MV HANNIBAL II has been pirated on 11 November and is currently at anchor off Garacad on the North East Coast of Somalia.
The Tunisian master of the ship contacted the authorities on 16 December stating that he had a crew member with severe stomach pains on board and requested assistance. He also stated that he had reached an agreement with the pirates allowing the sick man to be picked up and transferred to a navy ship for treatment if a transfer could be arranged.
The CMF Thai warship TNS PATTANI responded to the call together with the EUNAVFOR German warship FGS HAMBURG. The sick crewmember was transferred by Rigid Hulled Inflatable Boat (RHIB) from the pirated vessel to the TNS PATTANI before being moved to the FGS HAMBURG, which had more suitable medical facilities, by helicopter.
The patient was treated by the German medical staff on board.
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