24 May 2018

Sophia provides First Medical Aid on High Seas

Yesterday, the German Auxiliary ship Mosel, while she was operating in the International waters of the Central Mediterranean, received a request for medical support from a Tunisian fishing boat.

After a rapid consultation with the Medical team aboard, one rubber dinghy was prepared and the ship’s own doctor, an interpreter and the boarding team were sent on board the fishing vessel. Consequently, the patient was duly visited, treated and, after have checked  that there was no need for further treatment, the team came back on board the mother ship.

The activity carried out is the result of the ongoing presence at sea of Operation “Sophia” units and the optimum level of coordination in place with all the other organizations/entities operating in the area.

EUNAVFOR MED operation Sophia (ENFM) is a Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) operation focused on disrupting the business model of migrant smugglers and human traffickers, and contributing to EU efforts for the return of stability and security in Libya and the Central Mediterranean region. ENFM is the first EU maritime force providing maritime security in the Central Mediterranean and works closely with different national, international, governmental and non-governmental, civilian and military organizations. Initially launched in 2015, ENFM is part of the EU’s comprehensive approach to migration.