While there is little gCaptain can do directly we have been working, for a number of years, with various maritime security companies in the area. The best, by far, in emergency evacuation services (they do both security & medical evacs!) is Global Rescue.
The company was originally referred to me a few years back by a navy SEAL who had been my roommate from the academy. He said they where the best… a fact that was proven when a writer for our sister site suffered a fatal ski crash in the andes mountains last year. It was a tragic story but, the bottom line is, that GR got our friend’s remains back to California without incident. They are true heros in what they do.
I would trust these guys with my life so, if you have friends in region looking for help getting out contact GR’s hotline at (617) 459-4200) – feel free to tell them gCaptain sent you.
Of note: If your ship or rig is due to transit the Middle East, your best bet is to sign up for their membership plan today so they can work out a contingency plan before you get to the area.
Disclose: Neither gCaptain nor myself have ever received money from GR for endorsing their services but they did provide me with a free membership in return for maritime consultancy work I have done for them in the past. I did the work for no money, just a membership card, because I believe helping mariners in immediate distress is a noble cause and GR is the best in the business of getting people off ships and/or out of dangerous countries in a hurry.
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