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Seven Somali Navy sailors recovered aboard Canarias

(B2) A Spanish vessel from the EU Maritime Operation in the Indian Ocean rescued a sinking Somali Navy small vessel off Cadale, north of Mogadishu

On board the ship (credit: EUNAVFOR Atalanta)

On Sunday morning (October 20), the European operation normally responsible for the fight against piracy received a request for assistance for a ship belonging to the Somali navy in distress about 60 km north of Cadale. The ship had mechanical problems and the crew feared for its safety.

A Maritime Patrol Reconnaissance Aircraft (MPRA) immediately took off from Djibouti to scout the location of the vessel in distress. Then the Spanish frigate ESPS Canary Islands, which was nearby for a port visit, was rerouted. The recovery was done on Monday morning. The seven Somali Navy sailors were brought to safety aboard the frigate. They received first aid, water, food and their vessel recovered and towed.

(credit: EUNAVFOR Atalanta)


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).