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121 people recovered in the Libyan Sea by the Ludswighagen. One lightly injured evacuated to the Cavour

Departure from Ludswighahen by RHIIB direction: Numancia (credit: Spanish General Staff)
Departure from Ludswighahen by RHIIB direction: Numancia (credit: Spanish General Staff)

(B2) A migrant, picked up a few days ago at sea off the coast of Libya by the German corvette 'Ludwigshafen', had to be treated on the flagship of the operation fight against traffickers in the Mediterranean Sea (EUNAVFOR MED /Ops Sophia), Cavour. He suffered from a broken left ankle.

Towards the hospital on board the Cavour

The migrant was first picked up by the German corvette.Ludwigshafen' (F-254). But his condition required rapid treatment. The German corvette was not equipped to receive a helicopter, so the man was first evacuated by sea to the Spanish anti-aircraft frigate.Numancia' (F-83), before being placed in the on-board helicopter AB-212, then evacuated on the Cavour. The Italian aircraft carrier has an on-board hospital (Role 2), capable of providing all routine or emergency care.

121 migrants rescued

This man is one of 121 immigrants helped at sea by the corvette German Ludwigshafen, during his first day of participation in the European operation (read: The Cavour resumes command of EUNAVFOR Med. Spanish and German rotations). It's a plane Luxembourgish, Seagull Merlin III, who launched the alert on Thursday (January 28) morning. He had spotted two inflatable boats in distress « in international waters North on the side Libyan » according to EUNAVFOR Med HQ. The information, “ at once submitted » to the Force Command (FHQ), embarked on the aircraft carrier Italian Cavour, was passed on to the Italian Coordination Center maritime rescue (MRCC). Formally, It is him who asked the corvette German to intervene (1) After being dried, on board of Ludwigshafen, migrants and/or refugees were then transferred aboard a navy ship Italian, which operates in the operation Safe Sea (2), to be repatriated ashore.


(1) This is the usual procedure, the European resources in the area coordinating closely (for sea rescue) with the Italian center which always has responsibility for sea rescue in the area. On the other hand, for all the action against traffickers and surveillance, the EUNAVFOR Med operation maintains operational autonomy (on the high seas).

(2) security operation similar to the European operation, but under Italian mandate

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).