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Evasan successful: the sailor freed from pirates treated at the Bouffard hospital

The Tunisian sailor from the ship MV HANNIBAL II freed by the pirates is doing well, according to Eunavfor HQ in London. He was treated at the French forces' Bouffard hospital in Djibouti for suspected appendicitis.

A medical evacuation in three stages

After much negotiation, the captain of the MV Hannibal, captured by pirates and anchored off the coast of Garacad in the north-east of Somalia, managed to convince his captors. One of his sailors, who was suffering from severe stomach pains reminiscent of appendicitis, had to be urgently evacuated. The pirates have given their agreement for this first health release. The evacuation was carried out in three stages. First by sea. It was a RHIB from the Thai ship TNS PATTANI which first ensured, on November 17, the repatriation to the warship, which is part of the American CMF coalition. Then by air. He was then evacuated by helicopter to the German ship FGS Hamburg, which has a hospital. Treated on board, this ship is part of the Eunavfor force, it was then evacuated to the French forces hospital, Bouffard, in Djibouti.

Not easy conditions of detention

There, after recovering and calling his mother, he was able to express his joy at finally being free to move around after 40 days of detention. The conditions of detention were not always easy: “We were kept on the deck of our boat all the time. The only possibility of moving were the few minutes we had to eat, most of the time, rice and fish” he testified.

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).