Italian Navy frigate rescues wounded crewmember after pirate attack
On Saturday, following a pirate attack on the Zhen Hua 7 heavy lift ship in the Gulf of Guinea, Federico Martinengo, an Italian navy frigate, came to the aid of the vessel and rescued a wounded crewmember.
Zhen Hua 7 was boarded by pirates on Friday at a place about 80 nm to the northeast of the island of Sao Tome, according to security consultancy Dryad Global. 14 of her 27 crew members, all of them Chinese nationals, were abducted.
The crew of the Zhen Hua 7 confirmed that the pirates had left with the abductees and that one crew member was wounded and in need of support. They shot the victim in the leg.
To sweep the ship and ensure its safety, a boarding team from the Martinengo moved over to the RIB. A medical team followed suit and helped stabilize transport for the victim. He was moved safely to Sao Tome by the frigate's helicopter for further treatment.
The Zhen Hua 7 was adrift at the time of the attack, in loaded condition with the Sea-Commander 8,000 dwt crane barge on its main deck.
Maritime Business World