Broken-legged Sailor Evacuated to Oman Hospital

Wednesday, October 10, 2012
MV Anna Victoria: Photo credit EUNAVFOR

EU Naval Force Flagship, 'ITS San Giusto' provides urgent medical help for a merchant seaman off the Horn of Africa.

The sailor, a crew member of Bahamas flagged merchant vessel MV Anna Victoria had broken both his legs following an accident at sea and the EU flagship, which was conducting counter-piracy patrols nearby, was able to respond quickly by sending her helicopter, with a medical team onboard.

The medical team provided immediate first aid and pain relief, before the sailor was flown to Salalah in Oman, where he is now receiving further hospital 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.  Speaking about the help given to the MV Anna Victoria’s crew-member, EU NAVFOR Force Commander, Rear Admiral Enrico Credendino said: “We are all mariners at sea and safety of life is our number one priority.  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.”

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