Italian Frigate Rescues Injured Crewmember After Pirate Attack

Post Date: 17/11/2020

Courtesy: The Maritime Executive 

On Saturday, after the pirate attack on the heavy lift ship  Zhen Hua 7  in the Gulf of Guinea, the Italian Navy frigate  Federico   Martinengo   came to the vessel's assistance and rescued an injured crewmember.

According to security consultancy Dryad Global,  Zhen Hua 7  was boarded by pirates on Friday at a position about 80 nm to the northeast of the island of Sao Tome. 14 out of her 27 crewmembers were kidnapped, all of them Chinese nationals. 

After the attack, the  Martinengo  made way towards the vessel and established communications. The   Zhen Hua 7 ' s   crew reported that the pirates had departed with the abductees and that one crewmember was injured and in need of assistance. The victim had been shot in the leg.  

A boarding team from the  Martinengo   transferred over in a RIB to sweep the ship and ensure its safety. A medical team followed suit and helped to stabilize the victim for transport. The frigate's helicopter transferred him safely to Sao Tome for further treatment.

At the time of the attack, the   Zhen Hua 7  was adrift, in laden condition with the 8,000 dwt crane barge   Sea-Commander   on her main deck.  

Federico Martinengo  is a 2018-built FREMM-class frigate. The design serves as the basis for the U.S. Navy ' s new FFG(X) frigate, the future   Constellation-class.