Injured Mariner Rescued by Counter-Piracy Forces

Mike Schuler
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October 9, 2012

The M/V Anna Victoria

It’s not “all pirates, all the time” for the counter-piracy naval forces in the Indian Ocean.

On Sunday, the EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) flagship, ITS San Giusto, provided some much needed medical assistance to a crew member of Bahamas-flagged M/V Anna Victoria who had broken both legs in an accident.

ITS San Giusto, which was conducting counter-piracy patrols nearby, was able to respond quickly by sending a helicopter with a full-fledged medical team to provide first aid and pain relief, and later fly the man to Salalah, Oman for further treatment.

This is not the first time that an EU NAVFOR warship has provided medical assistance to an injured merchant seaman off the Horn of Africa, either.

“We are all mariners at sea and safety of life is our number one priority,” says EU NAVFOR Force Commander, Rear Admiral Enrico Credendino. “I am happy that EU NAVFOR was once again able to help a sailor in distress and I am pleased with the actions of San Giusto’s crew.”

Amen to that!

ITS San Giusto’s Merlin helicopter with the medical team preparing to take off to the M/V Anna Victoria
Once on deck, the medical team administers first aid and pain relief to the injured seaman. Is that guy in the cargo pants part of a private security team?
The medical team onboard M/V Anna Victoria
The injured merchant seaman is transported in ITS San Giusto’s helicopter to a hospital in Salalah, Oman
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